The ASX closed the second last trading day of the year – and the last full day of the year – slightly higher marking the sixth straight day of gains.

This was despite a quiet day for trading and no sectors standing out with the best being telcos which gained just under 0.5%. The worst sector today was  utilities which lost 0.86%.

The ASX is set to finish 2021 up over 12% and December up over 3% which would be the second best month of the year, only exceeded by April.



(Stocks highlighted in yellow rose after making announcements during the trading day).

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Only one stock rose off the back of an announcement – medtech Resonance Health (ASX:RHT). Its LiverSmart AI medical device obtained US regulatory clearance.



(Stocks highlighted in yellow fell after making announcements during the trading day).

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Alderan Resources (ASX:AL8) fell after an exploration update on its Detroit gold project in Utah. The company told shareholders it was changing its focus to a couple of new prospects, following lower-than-expected gold grades at previous prospects.



After previously teasing takeover interest Humm (ASX:HUM) slightly rose after the Bank of Queensland (ASX:BOQ) was reported by The Australian as a potential suitor. BOQ told its shareholders it was not pursuing such a transaction.

Sandfire Resources (ASX:SFR) told shareholders that Spain’s equivalent of the FIRB approved its US$1.865 million acquisition of the MATSA Mining Complex. This deal is now unconditional and is expected to complete on or around January 31.

Trajan (ASX:TRJ) has acquired blood micro sampling device company Neoteryx. CEO Stephen Tomisich said this transaction marked the moment the company changed gear in driving the global commercialisation and adoption of micro sampling at scale.

Contango Asset Management (ASX:CGA) unveiled two new partnerships in the alternative asset and private equity asset classes. Only one of its partners was named and it was Vantage Asset Management which operates as a ‘fund of funds’.

Sims (ASX:SGM) will sell a 50.46% stake in its New York municipal recycling service. This deal is expected to close next quarter and recap ~$63 million for Sims.