The ASX200 slipped by -0.6%, and for the week, the index was down around the same figure. 

All sectors except for Energy and Utilities closed in the red on Friday.


Source: MarketIndex


Tech stocks were the biggest laggards, tracking movements on the tech-heavy Nasdaq after hawkish remarks from Fed officials last night.

Minneapolis Fed boss Neel Kashkari said that although the Fed has pencilled in two rate cuts, none may be implemented this year if inflation stays sticky.

“If we continue to see inflation moving sideways, then that would make me question whether we need to do those rate cuts at all,” Kashkari said. “There’s a lot of momentum in the economy right now.”

Earlier in the day, Richmond Fed President Thomas Barkin also said the US central bank has “time for the clouds to clear” on inflation before starting to cut rates.

Back on the ASX, iron ore prices are weighing on the bourse’s giant miners, BHP (ASX:BHP) and Rio Tinto (ASX:RIO), which fell -1% each.

Iron ore prices were down a further -1.5%  overnight to US$98.00 a tonne, a 10-month low, as traders mulled a sluggish recovery in China. 

Energy stocks meanwhile mostly climbed today after Brent crude hit above US$90/bbl as Middle East tensions escalate.

Matt Maley at Miller Tabak + told Bloomberg that if we get a direct conflict between Israel and Iran, that’s something that will likely restrict the supply of oil coming from the Middle East.

“That has not been an issue up until now, but it could become one very quickly,” he said.



In other markets, gold has inched lower from its all time highs yesterday, trading now at US$2,228.25. 

Elsewhere in the region, most Asian stock markets also closed the week lower today on interest rate uncertainties. 

China’s market is still closed for spring break, but US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has kicked off her latest visit to China.

The market’s focus will now turn to the March US jobs report, due to be released at 11.30pm  AEDT tonight. 



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Contact Energy (ASX:CEN) surged +7% on no specific news.

Fund manager GQG Partners (ASX:GQG) rose after announcing that funds under management (FUM) for 31-March has increased to $143.4bn from $137.5bn in February. 



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The big news for Friday came via Regeneus (ASX:RGS), after it announced that it has successfully completed a big merger with Cambium Medical Technologies sending Regeneous shares up +180%. The merger will also see a name change for the entity, and there’s been paperwork lodged with the ASX to rebrand to Cambium Bio (ASX:CBL), while work on the company’s leading collaboration, the development of Elate Ocular, a novel biologic for dry eye disease, continues.

Elixir Energy (ASX:EXR) also had a solid day, revealing that the company decided to test the free-flowing capacity of the Lorelle Sandstone between 4,200 and 4,217 metres, following a recent successful suite of Diagnostic Formation Integrity Tests (DFITs) conducted at Daydream-2. The fresh testing has been deemed a success, with a maximum rate of 2.3 Million Standard Cubic Feet Per Day (MMSCFPD) and stabilised flow rate of 1.3 MMSCFPD (through a 20/64 choke), which the company understands is the deepest unstimulated flow of gas in onshore Australia East of the Perth Basin.

And Biotron (ASX:BIT) has dropped some happy-happy news on the market, announcing that preliminary analyses of data from the BIT225-010 Phase 2 clinical trial of the company’s lead antiviral drug BIT225 provide confirmation, and extension, of the positive results of previous trials in people infected with HIV-1.

Estrella Resources (ASX:ESR) announced that results from initial rock-chip samples are in, which the company says were taken before the granting of Exploration and Evaluation Licences and Reconnaissance Permits for ESR in Timor-Leste. The samples were then brought back to Australia for further analysis. And that turned up an assay result of 60.8% manganese – one of four samples taken during initial limited reconnaissance. Estrella also notes that multiple manganese exposures have been documented across the 503.7km2 leases in Lautém with no modern exploration undertaken.

Tungsten Mining (ASX:TGN) has been conducting infill RC drilling at Mulgine Hill East, which has defined significant molybdenum-tungsten mineralisation over 520 metres of strike. What else? Project engagement with potential partners is reportedly progressing.

Kula Gold (ASX:KGD) has identified significant gold prospectivity at its Brunswick project in WA near a historical production area after rock chipping and mapping returned assays of up to 11.19g/t gold.Brunswick sits within the Donnybrook-Bridgetown Shear Zone just 35km from Greenbushes, the world’s largest hard rock lithium mine.

Pancreatic cancer treatment device company OncoSil Medical (ASX:OSL) continues to expand, with the first Austria-based patients receiving treatments involving the OncoSil device.



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Alma Metals (ASX:ALM) is raising up to $2.77m to fund further resource extension and infill drilling at its Briggs, Mannersley and Fig Tree Hill copper project in Central Queensland. The capital raising consists of a committed $1.77m placement and a share purchase plan to raise up to a further $1m.



Bulletin Resources (ASX:BNR) – pending an announcement in relation to an update on its Ravensthorpe lithium project.

Alice Queen (ASX:AQX) – pending an announcement by the Company to the market regarding a strategic capital raising.

Coolabah Metals (ASX:CBH) – pending an announcement regarding a material capital raising.


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