• The S&P ASX 200 closed up 0.5% and S&P XEC rose 1.14% on last trading day of the week
  • Northern Star backed PolarX responds to price query after rising 70% in month
  • Shareholders in beleaguered 3D Metalforge receive notice of AGM from administrators


Today the S&P ASX 200 closed up 0.5% while the the S&P ASX Emerging Companies index (XEC) – a benchmark for Australia’s micro-cap companies – rose 1.14%. It was a strong recovery for the market with the S&P ASX 200 dipping 0.1% at the open to recover and be up 0.2% by lunch.

Materials led the gainers up 0.84%, followed by financials and communication services, up 0.83% and 0.65% respectively. Healthcare and real estate were the only sectors in the red, dipping 0.31% and 0.21% respectively.

Overnight on Wall Street, all three major indices climbed – the S&P 500 index was up by 1.3%, the Dow Jones by 1.14% and tech heavy Nasdaq by 2%.  US stocks lifted after a report showing that US producer prices fell in March by the most since the start of the pandemic, signalling an easing in inflation.

The producer index or PPI rose by just 2.7% from a year ago, the smallest gain in more than two years.

Meanwhile, gold players on the ASX have been the big winners after the precious metal inched closer to its previous record price of ~US $2,075.47/oz set in August 2020.  The price of gold has been rising steadily following a weakening US economy with pundits predicting it will reach an all-time high.

WORTH A READ: Ground Breakers: Gold and silver continue upward climb



Elon Musk must be hoping to lift the price of Tesla shares with Twitter teaming up with social trading platform eToro to access stocks, cryptocurrencies and other financial assets.


It’s already possible using Twitter’s cashtags feature to search for a ticker symbol and insert dollar sign in front of it, after which the app will show you price information from TradingView using an application programming interface.

But a new feature will be rolled out on the Twitter app enabling users to view market charts on an expanded range of financial instruments and buy and sell stocks and other assets from eToro.

Users will also be able to click a “view on eToro,” button which takes you through to eToro’s site, and then buy and sell assets on its platform.

“As we’ve grown over the past three years immensely, we’ve seen more and more of our users interact on Twitter  (and) educate themselves about the markets,” eToro CEO Yoni Assia told CNBC.

“There is very high quality content, real-time content on financial analysis of companies and what’s happening around the world. We believe this partnership will enable us to reach those new audiences [and] connect better the brands of Twitter and eToro.”

Controversial entrepreneur Musk took the reins as CEO of Twitter after buying the platform for $44 billion in 2022.

Founded in Israel in 2007,  eToro lets users buy and sell stocks, cryptocurrencies and index funds with one of its most popular functions enabling investors to mimic the trading strategies of other users.

The trading platform has more than 32 million registered users across Europe, Asia and the US.



Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks:
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Code Company Price % Volume Market Cap
ICN Icon Energy Limited 0.009 50% 10,546 $4,608,082
AQX Alice Queen Ltd 0.0015 50% 300,000 $2,530,288
CLZ Classic Min Ltd 0.0015 50% 87,273,914 $3,093,095
PXX Polarx Limited 0.018 38% 16,499,122 $17,588,310
TAR Taruga Minerals 0.019 36% 527,937 $9,884,375
ADR Adherium Ltd 0.004 33% 2,660,000 $14,989,315
MRQ Mrg Metals Limited 0.004 33% 8,679,836 $5,957,756
KNM Kneomedia Limited 0.009 29% 1,106,275 $10,533,497
GBZ GBM Rsources Ltd 0.035 25% 2,782,678 $15,768,496
GCR Golden Cross 0.005 25% 171,053 $4,389,024
RDN Raiden Resources Ltd 0.005 25% 3,725,319 $6,618,330
WCN White Cliff Min Ltd 0.01 25% 12,070,875 $6,272,435
FME Future Metals NL 0.07 23% 822,425 $20,360,858
MMA Maronan Metals 0.275 22% 737,999 $16,875,002
AR3 Austrare 0.605 21% 4,119,686 $47,600,776
4DX 4Dmedical Limited 0.925 21% 4,147,729 $225,286,255
EG1 Evergreen Lithium 0.59 20% 5,262,224 $27,552,700
HHI Health House Int Ltd 0.006 20% 270,000 $706,648
MDX Mindax Limited 0.245 20% 4,989,516 $408,577,029
IMB Intelligent Monitor 0.125 19% 4,000 $13,723,531
SNG Siren Gold 0.125 19% 85,795 $14,097,175
GPR Geopacific Resources 0.025 19% 1,011,321 $13,056,039
SHN Sunshine Gold Ltd 0.019 19% 1,260,020 $12,315,564
NVA Nova Minerals Ltd 0.365 18% 2,494,348 $65,375,831
GRL Godolphin Resources 0.0765 18% 154,191 $7,694,014
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Among the winners today junior miner PolarX (ASX:PXX), which surged more than 30%. The company has responded to a please explain speeding ticket from the ASX with its share price surging more than 70% in the past month.

As Stockhead’s Reuben Adams reported PXX grew in popularity among investors in December and January after major miner Northern Star (ASX:NST) snapped up a 10% stake.

PXX has two flagship assets including the Humboldt Range gold-silver project in Nevada, and the Alaska Range copper-gold project in south-central Alaska.

In an announcement PXX said it is not aware of any information that has not been announced to the market which, if known, could explain the recent trading in the securities of the company other than the upcoming induced polarisation survey to be undertaken across the Humboldt Range Project in Nevada USA announced previously. The survey is expected to start in late April 2023.



Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks:
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Code Company Price % Volume Market Cap
ROO Roots Sustainable 0.008 -43% 158,640 $1,212,424
VPR Volt Power Group 0.001 -33% 250,000 $16,074,312
PRM Prominence Energy 0.0015 -25% 1,000,000 $4,849,218
YPB YPB Group Ltd 0.003 -25% 6,051,528 $2,476,995
CRB Carbine Resources 0.01 -23% 540,632 $4,098,582
HXL Hexima 0.012 -20% 805,498 $2,505,594
MTH Mithril Resources 0.002 -20% 1,016,666 $8,157,725
OAU Ora Gold Limited 0.002 -20% 466,160 $9,842,313
COO Corum Group Limited 0.036 -18% 43,979 $26,284,799
FIJ Fiji Kava Limited 0.005 -17% 9,211,967 $2,400,532
HVM Happy Valley 0.04 -17% 802,994 $10,845,818
PNX PNX Metals Limited 0.0025 -17% 1,998,673 $16,141,874
SFG Seafarms Group Ltd 0.005 -17% 10,903,813 $29,019,595
GMN Gold Mountain Ltd 0.003 -14% 1,164,284 $6,894,764
TYM Tymlez Group 0.006 -14% 500,208 $7,645,367
PRO Prophecy International 0.605 -14% 31,333 $51,527,654
NSM Northstaw 0.13 -13% 8,867 $18,019,050
SGI Stealth Global 0.1 -13% 50,000 $11,465,500
RMX Red Mount Min Ltd 0.0035 -13% 1,581,507 $9,087,404
TRT Todd River Res Ltd 0.014 -13% 558,659 $10,424,760
XTC Xantippe Res Ltd 0.0035 -13% 73,161,983 $42,320,399
AM7 Arcadia Minerals 0.16 -11% 75,000 $8,405,621
ODE Odessa Minerals Ltd 0.008 -11% 495,437 $6,362,596
THR Thor Energy PLC 0.004 -11% 1,863,793 $6,642,508
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It seems as though beleaguered 3D Metalforge (ASX:3MF) may be about to pull a bit of a Lazarus, with shareholders receiving notice of an AGM from administrators today.

3MF was sin-binned in September 2022 for not handing in its homework – namely, Very Important periodic reports that the ASX demands in order for companies to stay on the bourse.

About four months later, McGrath Nicol sent Robert Kirman and Robert Brauer over to step in as voluntary administrators to try to make sense of what was happening at the company, and they – with some help from Alt Finance – came up with a restructure and recapitalisation plan.

The proposal requiring shareholder approval includes all current shares in the company being consolidated at a 1:20 ratio, roughly 188 million new shares being issued to raise about $112,000 and a new set of directors being installed.

So, with that on the table, shareholders will have their chance to vote on whether it gets approved, and – all things being equal – if the shareholders are on board, the company will be well on track to being re-listed. Watch this space.

Meanwhile, Ionic Rare Earths (ASX:IXR) has hit a milestone, with 60% of the Makuutu rare earths project now under IonicRE’s control.

It’s big news for the company, and arrives after a lot of work at the project to deliver a positive Makuutu Stage 1 Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS), which shows that Makuutu would have an initial 35 year mine life with EBITDA of A$2.29 billion and an IRR of 32.7%.

IonicRE has also subsequently been informed that approval from the Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development to progress the construction of a technical facility and Demonstration Plant at the Makuutu Mine Site has been received.

There are still a few paperwork hurdles to clear, but IonicRE is confident that things with the Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development are moving forward in relation to upgrading its mineral licensing system to align it with the provisions of the Mining and Mineral Act 2022.

Lastly, Wingara AG (ASX:WNR) has completed the sale of the Raywood Hay Processing Facility, licences & business operations, resulting in a cheeky little bonus for shareholders.

Wingara CEO, Marcello Diamante, is reportedly “pleased” at the completion of the sale, which he believes has assured  the future of the Raywood facility, under the stewardship of the new owners.

With the sale complete, WNR is issuing a special dividend of $0.006 per share fully franked to holders of fully paid ordinary shares, with the company announcing that the final day to trade WNR pre-divvie will be on 19 April, 2023, and that payment to shareholders will take place on 05 May.



Lion One Metals (ASX:LLO) – Pending sourcing of info for a response to the ASX in relation to an “Aware Query” it received on April 11, 2023.

Mantle Minerals (ASX:MTL) – Pending announcement of a capital raise.