• The ASX 200 started poorly, got worse, and only picked up marginally in the arvo (-0.15%)
  • Sectors wise, IT had a shocker after it saw what happened to Tesla and Netflix share prices in the US
  • Notable performers today, though: sand stock PEC and medicinal kava outfit The Calmer Co (CCO)


Previously, on the ASX… things (following Tesla and Netflix sell-offs in the US) got off to a shaky start early doors, as predicted by Eddy, getting worse around the time Gregor finished his lunch-time bowl of cereal.

And then it all tried to make up for things with some chocolates and flowers in the afternoon. Those were accepted, but it was too little, too late. And we’re still not talking to it.



We’ll get into some specifics further below, but firstly, a headline act or two from the larger end of ASX town…

Coking coal producer Coronado Global Resources (ASX:CRN) ($2.76bn market cap) is celebrating 2.8% gainage today. And that’s to do with the company’s quarterly report, which it seems quite proud of.

Essentially, the firm’s saleable production level is up 22% (to 4.5m tonnes) compared with the previous quarterly results it released in March. Its group run of mine (ROM) coal production, meanwhile increased 15% to 7.2m tonnes.

Gold… hmm, yeah not so great on that front today unfortunately. Certainly not for gold-mining big gun ($23.51bn mc) Newcrest, which fell nearly 5% today after its $29bn buyer, Canada’s Newmont, reported weak quarterly results (per The Aus this afternoon as well as Eddy with his Large Caps column).

Hang on, not so fast, though. Are there reasons to be cheerful about the world’s “prettiest commodity”? Tim Boreham fields that question for you here.



Very much unlike our awesome women’s football team the Matildas, the ASX 200 has underperformed as a team today, ending in deficit to the melancholy tune of -0.15%.

If only there was another major Australian sporting outfit we could tenuously compare today’s efforts on the bourse with. Which reminds us, how’s the weather in Manchester looking right about now?

Here’s that Australian batting worm from the first innings again, then… Hopefully we’ll be talking about a much better one come Monday.



Listening a bit closer to what’s coming through the stump mic, we can hear all sorts of filth coming from, possibly, first slip, sending pretty unoriginal sledging the way of Information Technology in particular.

Financials, Telcos and a few others also copped a few muffled comments behind hands, too, but not as bad. It was all a bit “against the spirit of share markets”, though.

At least Energy, Health Care and Staples were in decent nick.


Source: marketindex.com.au


Were there any standout performers? Yeah, course, it’s rarely ALL bad on the bourse. Before we head to the more exciting part of town for ROIs, here are a couple of other larger market cappers in the green and catching our attention…

Energy Resources of Australia (ASX:ERA): +18.9% > On no particularly fresh price-moving news we’re spotting.

Hutchison Telecom (ASX:HTA): +8.3% > Also on no fresh news.



Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks:

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Code Company Price % Volume Market Cap
JAL Jameson Resources 0.071 42% 107,747 $19,575,555
FNX Finexia Financialgrp 0.28 27% 25,406 $10,552,427
LGM Legacy Minerals 0.165 27% 64,605 $6,997,571
YOW Yowie Group 0.033 27% 57,211 $5,682,765
GLH Global Health Ltd 0.19 27% 69,892 $8,707,430
ME1 Melodiol Glb Health 0.012 26% 84,403,837 $25,541,261
WNR Wingara Ag Ltd 0.032 23% 84,875 $4,564,105
AJQ Armour Energy Ltd 0.003 20% 25,410 $12,303,355
CPT Cipherpoint Limited 0.006 20% 13,865,251 $5,796,209
HLX Helix Resources 0.006 20% 84,166 $11,615,729
SFG Seafarms Group Ltd 0.006 20% 1,943,560 $24,182,996
TIG Tigers Realm Coal 0.006 20% 2,470,587 $65,333,512
CWX Carawine Resources 0.13 18% 7,407 $21,649,921
TOY Toys R Us 0.013 18% 42,671 $9,493,953
GCY Gascoyne Res Ltd 0.235 18% 7,024,793 $175,402,621
AVE Avecho Biotech Ltd 0.007 17% 15,074,536 $12,972,982
EDE Eden Inv Ltd 0.0035 17% 40,081 $8,990,833
PRX Prodigy Gold NL 0.007 17% 875,000 $10,506,647
SI6 SI6 Metals Limited 0.007 17% 1,567,006 $8,972,368
NFL Norfolkmetalslimited 0.145 16% 34,337 $3,790,625
FFF Forbidden Foods 0.022 16% 516,068 $2,787,880
RMI Resource Mining Corp 0.045 15% 342,825 $20,502,591
MGL Magontec Limited 0.6 15% 56,682 $40,721,482
ASP Aspermont Limited 0.015 15% 105,199 $31,703,928
OLI Oliver'S Real Food 0.015 15% 68,809 $5,729,515
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Perpetual Resources (ASX:PEC): +40% > The eye-catching sand stock busted a big move today on the back of a Brazilian lithium-focused “binding option deal” regarding exploration ground in Minas Gerais. And that’s 20km from the Grota do Cirilo spodumene mine owned by C$5bn capped Sigma Lithium Corp (TSXV: SGML).

We know this, because we cut and pasted most of those two sentences from Reubs’ good work on the subject earlier in the day. Read all about it here.

And, while we’re at it, continuing the grand tradition of this column riding off the back of colleagues’ research, here’s another one we gleaned from Eddy.

The Calmer Co (ASX:CCO): +33%. “The company formerly called Fiji Kava announced that a new product, Noble Focus, has been launched online today,” wrote Eddy in this morn’s Market Highlights.

“Noble Focus is a synergistic combination providing calm, focus and memory enhancement utilising the proprietary Noble Kava water extract. Noble Focus is targeting the US$4.6bn Nootropics market which has grown at 17% to US$4.6bn in 2023, and includes executives looking for an edge.”



Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks:

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Code Company Price % Volume Market Cap
CLE Cyclone Metals 0.001 -50% 12,052,144 $20,529,010
CCE Carnegie Cln Energy 0.001 -33% 1,285,977 $23,463,861
OCT Octava Minerals 0.088 -23% 1,421,545 $4,273,689
BVR Bellavistaresources 0.16 -20% 91,461 $7,594,502
AOA Ausmon Resorces 0.004 -20% 741,255 $4,846,447
CTO Citigold Corp Ltd 0.004 -20% 559,476 $14,368,295
ERL Empire Resources 0.004 -20% 35,000 $5,564,675
ICN Icon Energy Limited 0.004 -20% 603,580 $3,840,068
RGS Regeneus Ltd 0.008 -20% 3,123,996 $3,064,369
ODY Odyssey Gold Ltd 0.024 -17% 6,000 $22,200,596
AJQ Armour Energy Ltd 0.0025 -17% 705,067 $14,764,026
KLR Kaili Resources Ltd 0.01 -17% 32,491 $1,768,804
MXC Mgc Pharmaceuticals 0.0025 -17% 749,999 $11,677,079
PPG Pro-Pac Packaging 0.21 -16% 8,306 $45,421,928
BYH Bryah Resources Ltd 0.016 -16% 49,750 $6,564,600
NOU Noumi Limited 0.135 -16% 230,079 $44,337,491
OAU Ora Gold Limited 0.006 -14% 7,447,701 $31,058,476
PRX Prodigy Gold NL 0.006 -14% 3,239 $12,257,755
RIM Rimfire Pacific 0.006 -14% 3,227,477 $14,036,713
TOY Toys R Us 0.012 -14% 778,848 $12,083,213
TSL Titanium Sands Ltd 0.006 -14% 754,916 $9,844,785
XRG Xreality Group Ltd 0.05 -14% 158,190 $25,888,103
OPL Opyl Limited 0.044 -14% 343,326 $4,453,068
ADY Admiralty Resources. 0.007 -13% 7,428 $10,428,633
ATH Alterity Therap Ltd 0.007 -13% 1,201,956 $19,519,181
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The price of petrol 

Stop whingeing, Aussie petrol heads – which is pretty much most of us.

And we say that, because, despite the price of crude oil increasing (again) overnight with a 0.6% hike, it turns out we’re actually in a pretty decent location, globally for petrol prices. Which is strange, but we’ll roll with it.

It’s according to new research conducted by Picodi.com, who could actually be bothered to check the petrol-price changes around the entire globe, calculating how many litres of petrol one can buy with an average wage in over 100 countries worldwide.

We sniffed around the 5th annual Picodi report on this exact topic and here’s what we learnt:

Based on how many litres of petrol an individual can buy with an average salary in 100 countries worldwide:

• Aussies can buy the most petrol in the APAC region, which is 3,669 litres;

• This is 752 litres of petrol more than last year;

• In Australia, petrol costs, on average AUD $1.67/litre, 14 cents less than the continental average.

• Over the ditch in New Zealand, though, what with it being so far away from everything and all, petrol is more like $2.32/litre.

Malaysia and India are also decent places to pop into a local servo for some gas, a packet of Burger Rings and an iced coffee*, experiencing no petrol price increases;

• Pakistan, on the other hand, saw fuel prices increase noticeably (22%);

• And petrol in Hong Kong is the most expensive both in the APAC region and worldwide, at US$2.99/litre, which is about AUD $4.41/litre.

• Gulf countries, including Kuwait (7,222 litres), Qatar (6,839 litres), and the UAE (4,611 litres) have the highest purchasing power in the global ranking.

(*May not sell Burger Rings.)

You can sift through the full report here.


Bitcoin to the MOON (or at least $42k)

Hang on, crypto? What? How did that sneak in here? Wait, wait, hear us out, because Finder’s predictions are always a bit of a gas.

From reading its latest Bitcoin Price Predictions Report, complied from the crystal ballings of 29 industry specialists and learned people with much better university degrees than mine, we can glean that:

• the panelists, on average, expect BTC to peak at US$42k in 2023

• BTC will end the year priced at US$38k.

• some 43% of panelists believe BTC is underpriced, while 36% think it’s priced fairly and 21% overpriced.

On closer inspection, it turns out that these are roughly the same predictions the panel gave in April. The prediction for the end of the year has risen by $3k, though.

One of the panelists, futurist Joe Raczynski has just returned to this reality in his time machine, and said BTC will end 2023 slightly higher than the panel average at US$40k “thanks to growing institutional interest”.

“We are finally through the darkness of crypto winter,” he said, dramatically removing his holo-glasses. “With a myriad of top financial institutions submitting an application for a Bitcoin spot ETF, the pressure is on the SEC to approve, and if so, tens of billions of dollars will chase Bitcoin this year,” he added.

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads,” an old man with crazy white hair accompanying him unneccesarily chimed in.

Speaking of the future, though, the panel’s predictions didn’t end there. The panel also reckons one Bitcoin will be worth about US$100k by the end of 2025 and more than US$280k by the end of 2030.

Furthermore, the majority of panelists (59%) think it’s time to buy Bitcoin, while 33% say hold and just 7% sell.

They didn’t, however, mention whether the USD will actually be a thing any more in 2030, though. Or anything about flying cars, Jetsons-style roast-chicken dinner pills and so on and so forth.



Dubber Corp (ASX:DUB) – Capital raising. Emma has some good Dubber details here.

Here’s the topline grab on it: “AI communication service provider Dubber saw adjusted recurring revenue of $8.8m in Q4 FY23, up 18% on Q3 FY23 and 34% on the previous corresponding period (pcp), with FY23 revenues of $30m up 23% on FY22.”

WIA Gold (ASX:WIA) – Capital raising.

Encounter Resources (ASX:ENR) – It’s waiting on an announcement regarding material exploration results at its Aileron Project in the West Arunta.

European Metals (ASX:EMH) – Pending an announcement regarding a placement to a strategic investor.