Local stocks tracked higher on Friday in a relatively calm session to end the week.

The ASX200 traded flat, edging higher by 0.36% into the close. Those gains were comfortably outpaced by the small end of town, as the microcap Emerging Companies index closed more than 1% higher.

Other markets in Asian trade also ambled along to end the week, with few catalysts ahead of all-important US employment data later tonight.

TODAY’S BIGGEST WINNERS

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Stocks highlighted in yellow rose after making announcements during intraday trade.

Minnow stock Xstate Resources (ASX:XST) ticked higher in afternoon trade, after releasing a Form 603 advising that Blue State Resources had become a substantial shareholder in the company.

And copper play Hot Chili (ASX:HCH) held its gains after announcing a new $40m capital raising to continue development of its Cortadera project in Chile.

TODAY’S BIGGEST LOSERS

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Stocks highlighted in yellow fell after making announcements during intraday trade.

ANNOUNCEMENTS YOU MAY’VE MISSED

Only a matter of days after announcing to shareholders it would be included in a major uranium index, Alligator Energy (ASX:AGE) told its shareholders now it will not. While the company satisfies all requirements for inclusion, Solactive (the indice operator) blamed a price mis-match being identified after the initial advice on the index rebalancing. Alligator has made a formal request for a review.

Ausmon Resources (ASX:AOA) said its wholly owned subsidiary New Base Metals has been granted an exploration license near Broken Hill, NSW. The exploration license will be valid for 5 years to July 2026, and this brings the total number of exploration licences granted to the company in the Broken Hill area to five.

Releasing its full year results today was property classifieds website owner REA Group (ASX:REA). It announced revenue of $928 million, up 13% and a net profit of $318 million, up 18%.

BNPL company Humm (ASX:HUM), has partnered with Velocity Frequent Flyer to allow its users to earn Velocity points. Humm is only the second ASX BNPL stock to partner with a frequent flyer scheme following Afterpay (ASX:APT), which partnered with Qantas (ASX:QAN).

Family Zone Cyber Safety (ASX:FZO), will fork out $142 million to buy UK company Smothwall. Southwall provides cybersafety solutions for 12,400 schools and 6 million students and generates $30 million in annual recurring revenue.

AnteoTech (ASX:ADO), one of the few stocks involved in COVID-19 testing signed a distribution agreement to roll out its test in the Philippines. The Philippines is one of the worst hit nations in South East Asia having recorded 1.62 million cases and over 28,000 deaths.

Mayfield Childcare (ASX:MFD) reported a net profit of $1.25m for the half year, a 129% increase on pcp. This was off the back of $17.4m revenue, which was 6.1% higher than the prior comparative period.

TRADING HALTS

Monday

Red Sky Energy (ASX:ROG) – capital raising
Highfield Resources (ASX:HFR) – capital raising

Tuesday

Marvel Gold (ASX:MVL) – capital raising