On Stockhead today, Mild-mannered reporter Bevis Yeo is hoping for the best but watching Santos with suspicion following the record results reported by the Adelaide-headquartered company (and the similarly impressive performances its peers are likely to bring to the table).

A usually trusting person, he wonders just how much of their whinging about gas price caps is genuine concern for a desperately needed energy investment pipeline and how much is jealous preservation of mind-boggling profit.

Meanwhile, Rick Rule has many of them. ,This one is for how to smash it and get rich while others scream because they didn’t follow Rick’s rule for when the bottom drops out of global markets sometime within the next four years.

And Eddy Sunarto is checking out a smartphone out of Tokyo which expects to halve the country’s cases of blindness.

On Wall Street, we’re a few hours from the close and the Dow Jones has already walked back its 2023 gains, as traders get the willies about doing quite well and it shouldn’t be this easy and perhaps what The Fed has in store.

All 3 major US indices were between 0.9 and 1.1% lower and look ready to face plant by close on Friday – the S&P 500 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq are 2% short so far this week.

The Dow Jones is looking for 3.3%.

But first, the day ahead.



These companies were in a trading halt at the end of the last session:

Adelong Gold (ASX:ADG) – capital raise

Indiana Resources (ASX:IDA) – pending Rare Earth Element assay results from the company’s Central Gawler Project.



Gold: $US1924.09 (+1.00%)

Silver: $US25.83 (+1.8%)

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): $US80.70 (+1.2%)

Oil (Brent): $US86.08  (+1.3%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US127.00 (+2.42%)

AUD/USD: 0.6903 (-.40%)

Bitcoin: $US21,006 (+1.3%)



Actually this one pulled out my own eyes which landed on where my jaw was on the floor and then rolled about watching me look pretty surprised but also very scary.

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Lithium all round for Patriot Battery Metals (ASX:PMT) where the team drilled an admirable 156.9m-long interval grading 2.12% Li2O from 176m — including 25m of 5.04% Li2O – at the CV5 Pegmatite, part of the Corvette property in Canada.

Reubs says that the ore grade of most hard rock lithium mines around the world ranges between 0.8% and 1.5% Li2O.

“It is hard to find words to adequately describe the impressive nature of the lithium mineralisation in drill hole CV22-083,” said an almost speechless Darren Smith, Vice President of Exploration.

“Visual estimates of spodumene abundance may give you a sense, but assays are the true measure and have certainly astounded with this hole.”

Meanwhile, Structural Monitoring Systems (ASX:SMN) says the certification program for its Aft Pressure Bulkhead (APB) sensors continues to remain on track for Q2 approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The certificate is a part of the company’s recent purchase order from Delta Air Lines for an initial four Comparative Vacuum Monitoring (CVM) Sensor Kits for its Boeing 737NG aircraft.



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