The ASX 200 rose 0.64% on the first trading day of the month.

All sectors were in the green except financials – a sector dragged down by Westpac (ASX:WBC) following its results.

The best sectors were consumer discretionaries, telcos and utilities which rose by over 2%.

There were 3 new listees today – Step One (ASX:STP), Judo (ASX:JDO), and Dominion Minerals (ASX:DLM). Step One and Dominion grew by over 60% while Judo rose by 2%.

 

TODAY’S BIGGEST SMALL CAP WINNERS

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Prime Media (ASX:PRT) rose off the back of a $131.9 million takeover bid from Seven West Media (ASX:SWM).

A “heavily overbid” $13.6m cap rise will fast track exploration at Global Lithium Resources’ (ASX:GL1) Marble Bar Lithium Project (MBLP) in 2022, the Pilbara based company says.

As part of the placement, Yibin Tianyi — the lithium chemical arm of world’s largest EV battery producer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. (CATL) – will invest $6.2 million for a 9.9% interest in GL1.

Small cap gas play Vintage Energy (ASX:VEN) rose thanks to an upgrade to its reserves for the Vali Field – more than triple its previous estimates.

 

TODAY’S BIGGEST SMALL CAP LOSERS

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Antisense Therapeutics (ASX:ANP) and Blackstone Minerals (ASX:BSX) fell after their respective capital raisings.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

Engineering firm Southern Cross (ASX:SXE) announced its subsidiary Heydey was awarded a contract to build the electrical and communications services for the new Western Sydney Airport. The value of the contract is worth over $100m and construction on the terminal is due to start by this year’s end.

Charter Hall (ASX:CHC) upgraded its earnings guidance, tipping at least 83 cents per share in post tax earnings per security. If replicated this would represent 36% growth from FY21, which the company credits to funds under management and transactional activity growth.

Still with earnings upgrades, McPhersons (ASX:MCP) told shareholders it expects sales to grow 6-8% on FY22. The result was achieved thanks to domestic sales with the company’s China trading conditions proving difficult.

Papyrus (ASX:PPY) appointed former NSW Liberal leader Kerry Chikarovski as an executive director specialising in government relations. The company says she will assist with raising the profile of the company and brings highly valuable government and stakeholder relations knowledge and expertise.

Hills (ASX:HIL) is getting out of its New Zealand security distribution operations. The company says while the form and timing of the exit is yet to be finalised, it was apparent it would require substantial time and resources which would be better dedicated to its Australian business.

 

TRADING HALTS

Tuesday

SciDev (ASX:SDV) – capital raising
Field Solutions (ASX:FSG) – acquisition
Mayfield Childcare (ASX:MFD) – acquisition and capital raising
Australian Potash (ASX:APC) – capital raising
S2 Resources (ASX:S2R) – exploration operations update
Sprintex (ASX:SIX) – capital raising
Pioneer Credit (ASX:PNC) – refinancing
Raiden Resources (ASX:RDN) – capital raising
Arizona Lithium (ASX:AZL) – capital raising
Spacetalk (ASX:SPA) – capital raising
Macquarie (ASX:MQG)– capital raising

Wednesday

EP&T Global (ASX:EPX) – capital raising
Marquee Resources (ASX:MQR) – potential project acquisitions
Siren Gold (ASX:SNG) – capital raising
Meteoric Resources (ASX:MEI) – capital raising
Ingenia Communities Group (ASX:INA) – capital raising
Arcadia Minerals (ASX:AM7) – lithium acquisition
Traffic Technologies (ASX:TTI) – capital raising
Paradigm Biopharmaceuticals (ASX:PAR) – regulatory review