It isn’t Christmas yet, because we’ve got a massive dose of market action here on Stockhead today!

Jessica and Reuben have ripped up everything you know about lithium in two gorgeously formatted and convenient to read articles.

Eye on Lithium and High Voltage. Get ’em while they’re hot.

Elsewhere, everyone’s favourite Candlestick in the Wind, Carl Capolingua says history could remember 2023 as The Year Bitcoin Bit back.

The collected genius of Woodmac predicts the Top 10 events for energy in 2023 while the analysts par excellence at a little known Swiss investment bank (rhymes with: you’re a mess) really like the odds of a bet on the beleaguered Aussie stock Star Entertainment Group (ASX:SGR).

But first, the day ahead…



The following stocks went into trading halts yesterday and are expected out in the coming days:

Tombola Gold (ASX:TBA) – Material announcement regarding gold processing and commercial operations

Gold Mountain (ASX:GMN) – Capital Raising

MoneyMe (ASX:MME) – Finalising amendments to the corporate facility with its lender, PEP

Happy Valley Nutrition (ASX:HVM) – Previously-announced proposed off take agreement for milk protein



Overnight in the states, housing starts edged 0.5% lower to 1.427m in November.

That’s a third straight fall as stubbornly high home prices and rising mortgage rates keep first time home buyers away. And meanwhile, US building permits sank 11.2% to 1.342m, the lowest since June 2020 and well below expectations of 1.485 million.

Today at home, we’re watching for the detail in skilled job vacancies for November.



Gold: $US1,7806.31 (+1.04%)

Silver: $US23.73 (+3.44%)

Nickel (3mth): $US27,215/t (-3.74%)

Copper (3mth): $US8,320.00/t (+0.65%)

Lithium Carbonate, China (Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, DEC 7): $US81,375/t (+0.0% weekly, +127.6% year-to-date)

Lithium Hydroxide, China (Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, DEC 7): $US80,725/t (+0.0% weekly, +171.4% year-to-date)

Oil (WTI): $US76.026 (+0.85%)

Oil (Brent): $US80.379 (+0.75%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US110.00 (-1.79%)

AUD/USD: 0.66883 (-0.18%)

Bitcoin: $US16,789 (+1.20%)



PolarX – definitely a Gavin Wendt favourite.

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A late year resurgence continues for Gavin Wendt favourite PolarX (ASX:PXX).

The North America-focused gold-copper explorer is now up ~80% over the past few days thanks to an investment from major gold miner Northern Star Resources (ASX:NST).

Amaero International (ASX:3DA) was another stock to gain to two days in a row, up 70% since trade opened Monday.

The company will hold an investor briefing Thursday, 22 December to discuss the binding joint venture agreement for additive manufacturing and powder production in Abu Dhabi.

“[Chairman and CEO Hank] Holland will provide an overview of the opportunity, background on the joint venture partner, each partner’s obligations and the path forward,” the company says.



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