The ASX finished 0.67% higher, marking the best performance by the Australian bourse since early October.

Almost all sectors finished higher with energy and tech – two sectors under siege in recent weeks – recording gains of 2.07% and 1.9% respectively.

Travel stocks gained too in light of uncertainty decreasing about the omicron variant. Also soothing investors today was the RBA keeping interest rate at a record low and committing to continued bond buying until at least mid-February.



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Neuren Pharmaceuticals (ASX:NEU) nearly doubled off the back of its Phase III clinical trial results.

Australian East Coast clean energy company Pure Hydrogen (ASX:PH2), in conjunction with H2X Global has launched a range of hydrogen fuel cell power generation units called Power H2 that can supply electricity without any emissions.

In resources, African Gold (ASX:A1G) rose after its latest exploration results.



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Registry Direct (ASX:RD1) fell after completing a capital raising.



Santos (ASX:STO) and Oil Search (ASX:OSH) are a step closer to completing their $21bn merger after Oil Search shareholders signed off on the scheme. The pair are still waiting on PNG courts approval which is expected on Thursday.

IGO (ASX:IGO) responded to speculation it was looking to acquire nickel miner Western Areas (ASX:WSA). IGO confirmed that the pair were in discussions but nothing definitive had been agreed.

Booktopia (ASX:BKG) boss Tony Nash sold 3.5 million in shares off market to an existing institutional investor of the company. The sale – conducted at $1.75 per share – netted over $6 million and according to the company was to diversify both the company’s shareholder base and Nash’s personal wealth.

Mad Paws (ASX:MPA)  recorded a Gross Merchandise Value of $15.7 million in November. This was up 92% from November last year.

Chalice (ASX:CHN) announced the IPO of gold spinout Falcon Metals had raised $30 million. Falcon Metals will own Chalice’s non-Julimar gold assets and is scheduled to list on December 22.

Austin Engineering (ASX:ANG) won a 5 year contract with Rio Tinto (ASX:RIO). Austin will provide dump bodies, lightweight trays for ore trucks, heavy machinery buckets and other fabricated products.

Less than a month fome listing, Dundas Minerals’ (ASX:DUN) maiden drilling program is commencing at its Jumbuck nickel and Kokoda gold assets. It is expecting assay results to be available during February 2022.




Cobram Estate Olives (ASX:CBO) – capital raising
ADX Energy (ASX:ADX) – capital raising
Vortiv (ASX:VOR) – capital raising
Icentana (ASX:ICE) – capital raising
Ionic Rare Earths (ASX:IXR) – acquisition
Equus Mining (ASX:EQE) – capital raising
Anteris Technologies (ASX:AVR) – underwriting transaction of options


Bio-Gene Technology (ASX:BGT) – capital raising
BPH Energy (ASX:BPH) – farm out
OreCorp (ASX:ORR) – special mining license application
Kopore Metals (ASX:KMT) – capital raising
Epsilon (ASX:EPN) – capital raising
Environmental Group (ASX:EGL) – capital raising and business update
Orthocell (ASX:OCC) – study results
Alcidion (ASX:ALC) – acquisition and capital raising
OpenLearning (ASX:OLL) – capital raising
Canyon Resources (ASX:CAY) – mining convention