The ASX200 chalked up another day of gains in Thursday trade, and once again it was resources leading the way.

The ASX200 Materials index posted a solid 1.51% gain, and has now risen by at least 1% on five of the last seven trading days.

Price action across most of the other major indexes was steady, with the ASX200 Financials index up by 0.33%. The listed REIT sector lagged the pack with a fall of 1.26%.

25 BIG CAP WINNERS

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Large cap gains were led by trading platform IRESS (ASX:IRE), following a non-binding takeover bid from private equity group EQT.

In a market update, IRESS said its board had considered the offer and concluded that it “did not represent compelling value for Iress shareholders”.

Also rising strongly was lithium play Vulcan Energy (ASX:VUL), which was a small cap when it listed in 2018 but has since gained around 4,000%.

Investors pored over the company’s quarterly activities report following a number of recent pre and post-quarter updates. For some extra detail, here’s a link to Vulcan MD Francis Wedin speaking with Stockhead’s Josh Chiat earlier this week.

25 BIG CAP LOSERS

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In percentage terms, biotech company Imugene (ASX:IMU) led the laggards after announcing a $90m share placement at 30c per share.

The company said the money will fund clinical trials for its HER-Vaxx cancer vaccine along with its “PD-1-Vaxx, CHECKvacc, Vaxinia and OnCARlytics, as well as associated manufacturing, regulatory and working capital costs”.