Local stocks continued to edge higher to end the week, although there was a notable tone of caution compared to the previous three days.

The ASX200 finished almost flat at 0.11%, only dragged into the green by the Consumer Staples index (comprised of companies like the big grocers), as Sydney’s COVID-19 situation goes from bad to worse.

The ASX200 consumer discretionary also gained ground to finish 0.52% higher. Oil & gas stocks hit the breaks as the ASX Energy index fell more than 1%, with smaller declines in resources.

The big banks struggled for traction, and the ASX200 financials index finished 0.49% lower.

25 BIG CAP WINNERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
EOS Electro Optic Systems 4.46 7.2% 1,362,759 $627,803,193
NIC Nickel Mines Limited 1.145 6.5% 10,588,557 $2,703,656,230
NXL Nuix Limited 2.8 5.7% 3,712,345 $840,884,204
WSA Western Areas Ltd 2.53 5.4% 3,153,379 $771,943,572
EVN Evolution Mining Ltd 4.28 5.2% 21,711,575 $6,954,275,036
PWR Peter Warren 3.61 4.9% 110,454 $572,949,898
RBL Redbubble Limited 3.92 4.5% 1,520,762 $1,026,075,836
LTR Liontown Resources 0.82 4.5% 5,065,310 $1,490,648,463
ILU Iluka Resources 9.73 4.3% 4,837,486 $3,945,200,651
ACL Au Clinical Labs 3.745 4.0% 4,970,185 $726,602,454
SHV Select Harvests 7.33 4.0% 664,792 $847,581,809
GNE Genesis Energy Ltd 3.41 4.0% 7,685 $3,422,905,175
FCL Fineos Corp Hold PLC 3.95 3.9% 45,266 $1,146,371,110
PPC Peet Limited 1.225 3.8% 87,208 $570,294,577
NTO Nitro Software Ltd 3.35 3.7% 679,868 $643,909,796
FPH Fisher & Paykel H. 30.92 3.6% 370,781 $17,208,570,402
PRN Perenti Global Ltd 0.915 3.4% 3,415,448 $623,301,271
JIN Jumbo Interactive 16.65 3.4% 115,851 $1,006,049,475
SLK Sealink Travel Grp 9.5 3.3% 182,229 $2,009,271,242
MNY Money3 Corporation 3.17 3.3% 794,354 $640,634,077
BRN Brainchip Ltd 0.48 3.2% 4,102,795 $771,777,772
29M 29Metalslimited 2.3 3.1% 2,901,380 $1,071,414,650
SVW Seven Group Holdings 22.86 3.0% 582,732 $8,064,385,054
AWC Alumina Limited 1.625 2.8% 8,882,718 $4,584,656,639
CAR Carsales.Com Ltd. 22.08 2.8% 931,001 $6,056,642,181

Electro Optic Systems (ASX:EOS) started strongly and rose throughout the day to close 7.2% higher, following the release of its Q4 trading update.

The company, which makes laser technology that can break up space debris, reported net operating cash flows of $17.3m on cash receipts of $65.5m.

As June quarter reporting season gets into full swing, Nickel Mines (ASX:NIC) posted solid gains on a trading update of its own, as did Western Areas (ASX:WSA) after announcing it produced 4,911 nickel tonnes in ore in Q4 — its highest production quota of the year.

Gold play Evolution Mining (ASX:EVN) was also among the winners, after announcing the successful completion of its fully-underwritten $400m share placement to sophisticated investors.

25 BIG CAP LOSERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
SLR Silver Lake Resource 1.615 -8.5% 21,128,447 $1,556,462,569
NST Northern Star 10.09 -6.2% 18,839,569 $12,521,266,944
CEN Contact Energy Ltd 7.87 -4.6% 32,800 $2,006,282,446
ASM Ausstratmaterials 8.5 -4.4% 644,934 $1,240,208,393
HTA Hutchison 0.11 -4.3% 55,545 $1,560,838,486
IMU Imugene Limited 0.335 -4.3% 5,079,255 $1,746,701,869
MAQ Macquarie Telecom Gp 65.51 -3.4% 8,597 $1,458,590,244
EQT Equity Hl 25.9 -3.1% 3,325 $560,984,851
MYX Mayne Pharma Ltd 0.315 -3.1% 1,851,410 $573,573,246
ECX Eclipx Group Ltd 2.28 -3.0% 970,159 $760,224,546
OML Ooh!Media Limited 1.575 -2.8% 2,462,213 $969,806,314
IFM Infomedia Ltd 1.43 -2.7% 549,943 $552,370,641
DBI Dalrymple Bay 2.2 -2.7% 122,913 $1,126,613,218
RSG Resolute Mining 0.59 -2.5% 3,469,864 $667,855,087
AX1 Accent Group Ltd 2.54 -2.3% 1,693,453 $1,408,853,459
CWN Crown Resorts Ltd 10.02 -2.2% 2,640,567 $6,940,872,278
STO Santos Ltd 6.59 -2.2% 5,950,286 $14,039,865,116
OSH Oil Search Ltd 3.99 -2.2% 6,944,436 $8,477,630,709
CWNHB Hy 3M 04-75 Q Rd T 85.5 -2.1% 13,524 $550,305,000
VUL Vulcan Energy 9.1 -2.0% 879,730 $1,010,372,160
EBO Ebos Group Ltd 29.65 -2.0% 6,795 $4,965,962,603
QAN Qantas Airways 4.55 -1.9% 10,591,826 $8,751,247,399
PPK PPK Group Limited 14.03 -1.9% 178,174 $1,273,440,640
AIA Auckland Internation 6.79 -1.9% 540,216 $10,190,053,868
SBM St Barbara Limited 1.84 -1.9% 3,464,802 $1,327,544,604

On the other side of the quarterlies coin, Silver Lake Resources (ASX:SLR) dipped following its quarterly production update, where it said it met the upper end of sales guidance “notwithstanding the challenging operational conditions prevalent in Western Australia throughout FY21”.