The ASX 200 index closed near its lows Thursday, falling by 0.26% on lower-than-normal volume.

Nine out of 11 sectors were lower, led by Health Care, which lost 1.44%.

The Materials sector – which includes chemicals and plastics, construction materials, wood products and metals and minerals — was a standout, gaining 1.23%.

TODAY’S BIGGEST WINNERS

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(Stocks highlighted in yellow rose (or fell) after making announcements during intraday trade.)

Dateline Resources (ASX:DTR) completed a review of US Geological Service data in conjunction with the acquisition of the Colosseum Gold Mine in California — and the outcome is prospectivity for rare earths. Cue 65% charge for the $48m capped junior.

Castillo (ASX:CCZ) hit 34m of visible copper mineralisation at ‘The Big One’ in Queensland.

Santana Minerals (ASX:SMI) pulled up more high grade gold at the Bendigo-Ophir Project.

Biotech Alterity Therapeutics (ASX:ATH) gained on positive study results, while digital wealth advisory platform InvestSMART Group (ASX:INV) gained on a positive business update.

TODAY’S BIGGEST LOSERS

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ANNOUNCEMENTS YOU MAY’VE MISSED

Former ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie has joined the board of small cap digital bank BNK Bank (ASX:BBC) as independent non-exec director.

$300m market cap breast cancer killer Volpara Health Technologies (ASX:VHT) has been granted a new European patent.

Carnavale Resources (ASX:CAV) pulled up “bonanza” grades at the Kookynie gold project, not to be confused with Metalicity (ASX:MCT) and Nex Metals’ (ASX:NME) more advanced Kookynie project — which also happens to be right next door.

$93m market cap pine chemical stock Leaf Resources (ASX:LER) will double production capacity to 16,000tpa following successful product testing and a subsequent purchase order from Yasuhara Chemical.

Increased production is expected to boost annual revenue by 123% to ~$70m.

 

TRADING HALTS

The following companies are in trading halts and are expected out in the next two trading days:

Friday

Whitefield (ASX:WHF) – capital raising

Matsa Resources (ASX:MAT) – capital raising

EROAD (ASX:ERD) – capital raising

Carnavale Resources (ASX:CAV) – drilling results

Los Cerros (ASX:LCL) – capital raising

OceanaGold (ASX:OGC) – Didipio Mine update

 

Monday 

GBM Resources (ASX:GBZ) – project acquisition

Digital Wine Ventures (ASX:DW8) – capital raising

RareX (ASX:REE) – resource upgrade

Predictive Discovery (ASX:PDI) – exploration results

Aeon Metals (ASX:AML) – capital raising

Selfwealth (ASX:SWF) – capital raising

Heron Resources (ASX:HRR) – strategic process update