The ASX 200 traded sideways on Tuesday, closing the day flattish as gains in healthcare stocks were offset by losses in other sectors.

Source: Market Index


Healthcare gained after the Albanese government approved an increase in private heath insurance premiums of 3.03%, effective April 1. This will impact around 15 million Aussies who are paying for private health insurance. 

Stocks in the nation’s largest private health funds, Medibank Private (ASX:MPL) and NIB Holdings (ASX:NHF) jumped by 3% each. 

Gold stocks also outperformed today as the shiny metal continues to edge toward all time highs,  amid expectations that  rate cuts in the US would come sooner than expected.

Iron ore heavyweights BHP (AX:BHP) and  Fortescue (ASX:FMG)as iron ore prices climbed by 2% overnight.

Meanwhile,  Australia’s current account has returned to surplus. Data released by the ABS today showed that the ccurrent account balance increased by $10.5 billion to a surplus of $11.8 billion (seasonally adjusted, current prices) in the December quarter.

The market’s focus now turn towards the GDP figures, which will be released tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Bitcoin continues to rise and is trading at US$68,300 at this time of writing.

“As we approach the halving  every four years, there’s a run-up. But you also have these ETFs which have recently been approved and a lot of inflows coming from that,” said Ian Rodgers of Ledger.


China sets 5pc GDP target

In China, the government has today set  an ambitious 5% growth target despite a challenging economy hampered by a property slump.

Premier Li Qiang acknowledged it’s now going to be  easy  to realise those targets, and that “joint efforts from all fronts” are needed.

The announcement came as investors called for stronger action from the world’s second-largest economy to shore up the economy.


Ex-dividend stocks today include:

Coles Group (ASX:COL) is paying 36 cents fully franked
Endeavour Group (ASX:EDV) is paying 14.3 cents fully franked
Embark Education Group (ASX:EVO) is paying 1.5 cents fully franked
Heartland Group (ASX:HGH) is paying 3.764 cents unfranked
Iluka Resources (ASX:ILU) is paying 4 cents fully franked
Kina Securities (ASX:KSL) is paying 5.1 cents unfranked
Lynch Group (ASX:LGL) is paying 4 cents fully franked
Lovisa Holdings (ASX:LOV) is paying 50 cents 30 per cent franked
Orora (ASX:ORA) is paying 5 cents unfranked
Origin Energy (ASX:ORG) is paying 27.5 cents fully franked
Pengana Capital Group (ASX:PCG) is paying 1 cent fully franked
Qualitas (ASX:QAL) is paying 1.1285 cents unfranked
Qube Logistics (ASX:QUB) is paying 4 cents fully franked
Sequoia Financial Group (ASX:SEQ) is paying 2 cents fully franked
SG Fleet (ASX:SGF) is paying 9.6 cents fully franked
Veem (ASX:VEE) is paying 0.77 cents unfranked
Worley (ASX:WOR) is paying 25 cents unfranked
WOTSO Property (ASX:WOT) is paying 1 cent unfranked



Today’s best performing small cap stocks:

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
JAV Javelin Minerals Ltd 0.20 100.00 256,000 $2,176,231
PRX Prodigy Gold NL 0.50 66.67 2,100,077 $5,253,323
AUQ Alara Resources Ltd 5.10 37.84 6,519,005 $26,569,239
PGC Paragon Care Limited 28.00 36.59 6,670,545 $136,912,977
AUH Austchina Holdings 0.40 33.33 9,634,087 $6,233,651
AUK Aumake Limited 0.40 33.33 1,785,300 $5,743,220
TRE Toubani Res Ltd 14.00 33.33 118,995 $14,055,895
DYM Dynamicmetalslimited 21.00 31.25 8,417,482 $5,760,000
FIN FIN Resources Ltd 1.90 26.67 720,944 $9,739,031
ARD Argent Minerals 1.20 26.32 3,519,273 $12,271,711
VBS Vectus Biosystems 25.00 25.00 10,000 $10,641,872
AL8 Alderan Resource Ltd 0.50 25.00 6,340,936 $4,427,445
EDE Eden Inv Ltd 0.25 25.00 1,000,000 $7,356,542
PUA Peak Minerals Ltd 0.25 25.00 200,448 $2,082,753
AI1 Adisyn Ltd 2.60 23.81 669,517 $3,703,341
WWI West Wits Mining Ltd 1.60 23.08 10,582,329 $31,595,091
CYL Catalyst Metals 60.50 21.00 766,915 $110,078,772
NHE Nobleheliumlimited 10.50 20.69 2,632,009 $31,848,243
FTC Fintech Chain Ltd 2.40 20.00 80,734 $13,015,392
GCM Green Critical Min 0.60 20.00 526,170 $5,682,925
AAR Astral Resources NL 6.10 19.61 601,898 $40,447,974
HTA Hutchison 3.10 19.23 28,554 $352,885,223
AWJ Auric Mining 16.50 17.86 3,454,323 $18,320,343
AVE Avecho Biotech Ltd 0.35 16.67 17,125 $9,507,891
TAR Taruga Minerals 0.70 16.67 449,969 $4,236,161
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Alara Resources (ASX:AUQ) has completed the commissioning and the commencement of concentrate production at its Wash-hi – Majaza Mine and copper concentrate plant in Oman.

AUQ says production will ramp up to full capacity over the next two to three months.

The sale of the first shipment – approximately 1000 dry metric tons of copper concentrate – to Trafigura is expected in April 2024.

Dynamic Metals (ASX:DYM) has entered a lucrative farm-in and joint venture agreement with Mineral Resources (ASX:MIN) over the lithium rights to its Widgiemooltha project in the WA Goldfields. The Chris Ellison-company is eligible to earn up to 80% of the tenements via a total exploration spend of $20 million, through to a decision to mine.

Fin Resources (ASX:FIN) has been buoyed by a review of work carried out historically on its Ross project in Quebec which identified highly anomalous uranium in soil sampling, including up to 1,486ppm U3O8 associated with low thorium.

Noble Helium (ASX:NHE)  says its plans to monetise the helium potential of its North Rukwa project in Tanzania have received a major boost after further detailed analysis and integration of well data indicates the probable free gas cap at Mbelele to be six times larger than originally mapped.

Telix Pharma (ASX:TLX) rose 2% after proposing to acquire Canada-based diagnostic imaging isotope specialist ARTMS for $US42.5M worth of TLX shares upfront, and a further $US15m in earnouts.

And Nova Eye Medical (ASX:EYE) has reported a record sales month for February with US$0.99 million (A$1.52 million) in the bank following improved uptake of its iTrack Advance glaucoma surgical devices.



Today’s best performing small cap stocks:

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
MSG Mcs Services Limited 0.40 -55.56 3,730,162 $1,782,897
1MC Morella Corporation 0.30 -25.00 723,890 $24,715,198
AHN Athena Resources 0.30 -25.00 1,703,597 $4,281,870
IS3 I Synergy Group Ltd 0.60 -25.00 1,132,723 $2,432,643
MRQ Mrg Metals Limited 0.15 -25.00 89,550 $4,942,682
OPN Oppenneg 0.60 -25.00 1,246,633 $9,033,437
SUH Southern Hem Min 3.60 -23.40 150,000 $27,754,711
STM Sunstone Metals Ltd 1.00 -23.08 18,274,208 $45,508,470
X2M X2M Connect Limited 4.10 -21.15 259,018 $13,120,219
JPR Jupiter Energy 1.90 -20.83 90,830 $30,567,653
AN1 Anagenics Limited 1.20 -20.00 699,129 $6,286,993
CTO Citigold Corp Ltd 0.40 -20.00 3,962,224 $15,000,000
LRL Labyrinth Resources 0.40 -20.00 178,526 $5,937,719
NAE New Age Exploration 0.40 -20.00 135,856 $8,969,495
ROG Red Sky Energy. 0.40 -20.00 530,375 $27,111,136
SI6 SI6 Metals Limited 0.40 -20.00 7,414,996 $9,969,297
TMK TMK Energy Limited 0.40 -20.00 31,664 $30,612,897
ODY Odyssey Gold Ltd 1.70 -19.05 1,854,384 $18,876,294
NMR Native Mineral Res 2.20 -18.52 323,879 $5,663,264
CBY Canterbury Resources 2.70 -18.18 147,902 $5,667,450
HAL Halo Technologies 11.50 -17.86 23,150 $18,129,330
ABE Ausbondexchange 1.50 -16.67 234,641 $2,028,026
AQI Alicanto Min Ltd 3.00 -16.67 1,284,260 $22,152,125
HT8 Harris Technology Gl 1.00 -16.67 876,234 $3,589,626
JTL Jayex Technology Ltd 0.50 -16.67 1,489,300 $1,687,671
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In Case You Missed It – PM Edition 

PEY Capital has entered an arrangement with Magnis Energy Technologies (ASX:MNS) to source the complete US$320 million in funding needed for full development of the Nachu graphite project in Tanzania.

Magnetic Resources (ASX:MAU) has increased the contained gold at its flagship Lady Julie 4 North deposit by 11% to 948,200oz, lifting the overall precious metal inventory across its Laverton and Homeward Bound South projects to 24.9Mt @ 1.66g/t gold, or 1.33Moz of contained gold.

Mako Gold (ASX:MKG) is sending its top brass to the company’s Napié project in Côte d’Ivoire to evaluate two parallel artisanal mining sites named ‘Double Zone’ where rock chip samples returned up to 22.46g/t gold.

Ongoing work by Strickland Metals (ASX:STK) has demonstrated the Bronco and Konik prospects in its Horse Well project area are actually part of the same structure and could represent a large bulk tonnage target.

Charger Metals (ASX:CHR) has intersected further high-grade stacked spodumene-bearing pegmatites, including lithium grades of up to 3.21%, from deeper drilling into the Medcalf prospect within its Lake Johnston project.

Pantera Minerals (ASX:PFE) now has another 3,553 acres (14.37km2) under its wing within the Smackover brine play in Arkansas, boosting its total footprint at the Superbird project to +17,000 acres.

Future Battery Minerals (ASX:FBM) will soon begin the 3,000m Phase 4 RC drill program over the northern targets of its Kangaroo Hills lithium project in South Australia, including the Big Red prospect.

Strategic Energy Resources (ASX:SER) has already started an infill magnetotelluric survey at the Mundi IOCG project in New South Wales with plans to refine the location of the intense conductive anomaly identified at depths of up to 2,500m.



Austchina Holdings (ASX:AUH) – pending announcement release

Prominence Energy (ASX:PRM) – requested extension of voluntary suspension pending a release  on project investment component


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