The ASX 200 touched intraday record highs, but could not hold on and closed the day just shy of its all time high.

The benchmark index finished 0.46% higher at 7,428, and is now on track to finish July on a 10-month winning streak.

Six out of 11 sectors were in the green, with Mining and Energy leading the way, up by around 1.5% each.

The ASX Emerging Companies Index meanwhile, closed the day just 0.11% higher.

 

TODAY’S BIGGEST SMALLCAP WINNERS

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Stocks highlighted in yellow rose (or fell) after making announcements during intraday trade.

 

Aged-care company Japara Healthcare (ASX:JHC) jumped by 18% after its Board unanimously recommended the 100% takeover of the company by Little Company of Mary Health Care for $1.40 per share, valuing the company at $380 million. The proposal will be voted at a shareholders’ meeting, with the JHC stock price closing at $1.38 today.

Starpharma (ASX:SPL) rose 9% after confirming that its anti-viral nasal spray, VIRALEZE, is potent against the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, reducing infectivity of the virus by >99.99% after 30 seconds of exposure.

3D printing technology company, Aurora Labs (ASX:A3D) rose again by 23% today and added to its 13% gain yesterday, after announcing the completion of Phase 2 testing to measure the capability of its RMP-1 Beta prototype printing in 316L stainless steel at high power.

Uranium explorer Deep Yellow (ASX:DYL) also rose 9%, after confirming that its Tumas Project mining licence aplication was officially lodged with the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy on July 21. The company is currently progressing a feasibility study (DFS) at Tumas, focused on evaluating a possible uranium operation.

TODAY’S BIGGEST SMALLCAP LOSERS

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ANNOUNCEMENTS YOU MAY’VE MISSED

China-focused digital marketing and e-commerce company, RooLife Group (ASX: RLG) announced strategic changes to its Board composition, with Ms Ye (Shenny) Ruan joining the Board as an independent Non-Executive Director, and Mr Tim Allison stepping down from his role as Non- Executive Director, with the changes effective 27th July. Ms Ruan has 26 years of experience in various financial management roles in global companies, including APAC roles in China, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.

Recently listed hearing tech company, Audeara (ASX:AUA), released its first earnings report since its ASX debut, reporting a 56% year-on-year increase in its quarterly revenue to $329k. Its audiology clinic revenue was also up 82% year-on-year, and represents the highest quarterly sales result in audiology clinics since the company was founded.

TRADING HALTS

Wednesday

Metal Tiger (ASX:MTR) – capital raising
Jayex (ASX:JTL) – strategic investment
Capricorn Metals (ASX:CMM) – acquisition
Caeneus Minerals (ASX:CAD) – capital raising
Simble Solutions (ASX:SIS) – capital raising
Caprice Resources (ASX:CRS) – acquisition
Theta Gold Mines (ASX:TGM) – financing transaction
Dubber (ASX:DUB) – capital raising

Thursday 

Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) – cleansing correction
BPM Minerals (ASX:BPM) – cleansing correction
Australian Mines (ASX:AUZ) – capital raising
Imugene (ASX:IMU) – capital raising
Aroa Biosurgery (ASX:ARX) – capital raising
Magnis Energy Technologies (ASX:MNS) – capital raising
Victory Mines (ASX:VIC) – capital raising