J-Pow and the gang are back on deck with a bang later tonight, and ASX investors appeared to buckle up in the safety seat ahead of the all-important Fed meeting.

The ASX 200 finished around 0.7% lower, with a steeper fall of 1.4% in the microcap Emerging Companies index.

The defensive posture accompanied a small rise in bond yields ahead of the Fed announcements, with markets on edge for any indication that US interest rates may start rising quicker than currently anticipated.

There were more falls in tech as Afterpay (ASX:APT) dropped further below $90 to its lowest levels since May.

Large cap gold stocks also got a clip ’round the ears, while the iron ore majors traded flat.

Across other risk assets, the Aussie dollar came under pressure before steadying late in the session to hold above US71c.

On the IPO front, Africa-based nickel-copper play Armada Metals (ASX:AMM) joined the boards after raising $10m from investors at 20c per share.

The company plans to start work on its drill-ready Nyanga Project in Gabon along the nickel and copper-rich Congo Craton Margin.

All up, AMM is targeting 18 sites across a holding area of 3,000sqm, with five targets considered drill-reay with drilling set to commence early next year.

Shares in the company fell by 25% on day one to close at 15c.

 

TODAY’S BIGGEST SMALL CAP WINNERS

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Explorer Auroch Minerals (ASX:AOU) ripped higher into the close to finish 30% higher on no news.

There was a solid move in SaaS-based digital learning company KneoMedia (ASX:KNM), which jumped off recent lows of 1.4c on no news to climb by more than 20%.

Among stocks with announcements, Legacy Minerals (ASX:LGM) led the pack after announcing that re-assay results had revealed higher grade gold intercepts at LGM’s Harden mine project in the Lachlan Fold Belt of New South Wales, where the company is conducting the first drill program for more than 100 years.

Health supplements company Wellnex Life (ASX:WNX) was also among the daily leaders, jumping by more than 20% on no news.

Financial services company BNK Banking Corporation (ASX:BNK) posted a gain, after striking a deal to sell its mortgage broking aggregation platform Finsure for $151.6m in cash to MA Financial (ASX:MAF).

And recently listed copper explorer Revolver Resources (ASX:RRR) jumped again after flagging a big anomaly at its ‘Diane’ project in Queensland which could be an extension to the currently defined deposit, and follows on from a separate drill hit last week.

TODAY’S BIGGEST SMALL CAP LOSERS

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ANNOUNCEMENTS YOU MAY’VE MISSED

Coal company Coronado (ASX:CRN) advised shareholders it would not be able to make up for production impacted by a fatal accident at Curragh as well as above average rainfall. The company forecasts just over 17 million metric tonnes to be produced for 2021 although sales volumes won’t be impacted due to stockpiling.

Real estate investor Irongate (ASX:IAP) received another bid from 360 Capital that was 7.2% higher than the previous offer presented back in mid-October. Irongate says it would consider the offer and was committed to maximising shareholder value.

Emyria (ASX:EMD) reported positive preliminary results from a pre-clinical study of its CBD formulation. The company says it will move to human clinical trials at the start of next year and is hoping to achieve Schedule 3 registration in the next 12 months.

Alloggio (ASX:ALO) is forking out $8 million to buy Great Ocean Road Accomodation Centre. This business is one of the largest holiday property management businesses in Australia managing over 600 holiday properties in the Great Ocean Road region.

MA Financial Group (ASX:MAF) announced earnings per share for FY21 would exceed the upper end of its prior guidance range of 30-40%. In FY22 it expects another 15-25% growth inclusive of the acquisition of mortgage aggregator Finsure which was announced today.

TRADING HALTS

Thursday

Credit Clear (ASX:CCR) – capital raising
IDT Australia (ASX:IDT) – response to government mRNA announcement
Shekel Brainweigh (ASX:SBW) – capital raising
333D (ASX:T3D) – capital raising
CSL (ASX:CSL) – capital raising and acquisition
PepinNini (ASX:PNN) – capital raising
BNK Banking (ASX:BBC) – divestment transaction
MA Financial (ASX:MAF) – acquisition

Friday

National Tyre & Wheel (ASX:NTD) – capital raising
Laserbond (ASX:LBL) – capital raising and acquisition
Corporate Travel Management (ASX:CTD) – capital raising
RTG Mining (ASX:RTG) – capital raising
Frontier Digital Ventures (ASX:FDV) – capital raising
Battery Minerals (ASX:BAT) – capital raising
Pearl Global (ASX:PG1) – capital raising
Kalamazoo Resources (ASX:KZR) – earn in transaction
Audio Pixels (ASX:AKP) – material agreement
The Sustainable Nutrition Group (ASX:TSN) – capital raising and acquisition