On Stockhead today, Christian’s suddenly got a lot of buyers regret over his Chinese tech and Emma’s back on Death Row with Snoop Dogg’s new hooch.

And meme-fans… there’s another short squeeze, squeeze on right now!

Big day on Wall Street.

But first, around the traps.



These are the stocks which were halted at the end of the last ASX session:

This is the closest we came to a halt:


But then this:


This did.

And which future-facing metals will have their ‘lithium moment’ in 2023?

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Gold: $US1876.53 (+0.04%)

Silver: $US23.01 (-0.82%%)

Nickel (3mth): $US21,900/t (-0.85%)

Copper (3mth): $US7,850/t (+2.98%)

Lithium Carbonate, China (Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, DEC 28): $US82,075/t (+114.4% year-to-date)

Lithium Hydroxide, China (Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, DEC 28): $US80,650/t (+164.4% year-to-date)

Oil (WTI): $US77.65 (+3.44%)

Oil (Brent): $US783.04 (+3.71%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US121.00 (+2.5%)

AUD/USD: 0.6909 (+0.32%)

Bitcoin: $US17,538 (+o.34%)



Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at the close

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The biggest winner small cap winner on the ASX on Wednesday was lithium aspirant Azure Minerals (ASX:AZS). 

The WA explorer secured a $20m cornerstone investment from global lithium producer Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile subsidiary SQM for a 19.99% stake in the company.

AZS MD Tony Rovira on the news:

“Azure is now in a very strong financial position and, following completion of both tranches of the transaction with SQM, Azure will have a cash balance of more than $25 million which will be used to accelerate lithium exploration through a program of intensive drilling across the Andover Project.”

SQM is investing at a price of $0.2564 per share — a 13.9% premium to Azure’s last traded price of $0.225 per share on 6 January 2023.

More lithium winners, this time Aruma Resources (ASX:AAJ) which intersected further high-grade lithium-rubidium out of the final batches of assays from AAJ’s recently completed drill program at Mt Deans in WA.

A total of 12 intersections graded >1.5% lithium-rubidium, with best results including 8m at 1.89% Li2O+Rb2O from 26m and 5m at 1.51% Li2O+Rb2O from 55m.

Assays also returned high potassium values, of up to 3.6%, with cesium (up to 0.6%) and tin-tantalum (600ppm and 700ppm).



Here are the least performing ASX small cap stocks:

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Code Company Price % Volume Market Cap
KEY KEY Petroleum 0.001 -33% 301,000 $2,951,892
ROO Roots Sustainable 0.0015 -25% 173,010 $2,078,439
XST Xstate Resources 0.0015 -25% 183,575 $6,430,363
IS3 I Synergy Group Ltd 0.02 -20% 500,003 $7,227,009
ALM Alma Metals Ltd 0.008 -20% 709,068 $9,140,008
MTL Mantle Minerals Ltd 0.002 -20% 6,000 $13,364,013
SW1 Swift Networks Group 0.013 -19% 28,193 $9,484,747
M4M Macro Metals Limited 0.005 -17% 48,500 $11,682,467
AHI Advanced Health 0.105 -16% 24,323 $24,506,746
NSM Northstaw 0.16 -16% 106,033 $22,824,130
KNM Kneomedia Limited 0.012 -14% 2,218,133 $18,952,994
LNU Linius Tech Limited 0.003 -14% 64,866,635 $9,909,945
KED Keypath Education 0.535 -14% 226,704 $132,419,545
CXM Centrex Limited 0.1125 -13% 5,404,706 $79,510,604
PGY Pilot Energy Ltd 0.0175 -13% 9,329,877 $15,626,882
DRO Droneshield Limited 0.255 -12% 6,623,309 $130,802,176
VHM Vhmlimited 1.005 -12% 1,718,509 $160,641,250
1AE Aurora Energy Metals 0.15 -12% 132,944 $20,433,478
AXI Axiom Properties 0.075 -12% 30,000 $36,780,661
SPX Spenda Limited 0.015 -12% 3,759,981 $55,470,645
SIX Sprintex Ltd 0.039 -11% 99,874 $11,191,590
CTN Catalina Resources 0.008 -11% 4,772,845 $11,146,382
ESR Estrella Res Ltd 0.016 -11% 2,303,028 $26,704,294
RDS Redstone Resources 0.008 -11% 67,867 $6,631,492
SNS Sensen Networks Ltd 0.049 -11% 1,236,968 $37,326,450
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