On Stockhead today, Guy Le Page says the stage is set for a bullish year as he unpacks his own performance in 2022.

Nadine says the local benchmark’s just kicked off its best ever start to a new season – she looks at the small caps which can keep the momentum going.

And Tim Boreham is just watching the shoppers go nuts.

Over in the states, Wall Street is said to have priced in the US Federal Reserve Bank’s cash rate decision of another 25 basis points at around 100%. No one is having a cow which is concerning. The meeting will be over soon and with this kind of certainty, surely nothing is certain x infinity.

The Brits have had their biggest strike in a decade overnight.

The French also downed tools, having their biggest manifestation since this time last week. Something about pushing the retirement age back past 38. Come on, France!

But first, ladies and gents, the day ahead…



The following companies went into a trading halt on Wednesday, February 1.

Openpay Group (ASX:OPY) – Halt called pending an announcement regarding discussions with financiers regarding Openpay’s financing arrangements.

Winsome Resources (ASX:WR1) – Capital raising.

Cyprium Metals (ASX:CYM) – Capital raising.

Strickland Metals (ASX:STK) – Capital raising.

Horseshoe Metals (ASX:HOR) – Capital raising.

Siren Gold (ASX:SNG) – Capital raising.

Xstate Resources (ASX:XST) – Halt called pending an announcement to the market regarding a material acquisition.



Gold: $US1928.30 (-0.90%)

Silver: $US23.91 (+0.02%)

Nickel (3mth): $US27,651/t (+4.40%)

Copper (3mth): $US9.342/t (+0.25%)

Oil (WTI): $US81.46 (+1.6%)

Oil (Brent): $US87.33 (+1.42%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US124.50 (+0.00%)

AUD/USD: 0.7093 (-0.12%)

Bitcoin: $US23,005 (-2.53%)



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Adealide-based AML3D (ASX:AL3) stacked on 35.7% with a late-ish surge on news it’s sold a large-scale, industrial ARCEMY® ‘X-Edition 6700’ Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing metal 3D printing system to support the US Navy’s accelerating adoption of Wire Arc additive manufacturing technology.

But the Big Blue Ribbon for biggest gains of the session went to Lode Resources (ASX:LDR), after the explorer drilled into an extraordinary silver find of 116.1m at 1003g/t silver eq from 90m, including 3.1m at 3325g/t silver from 201m at the flagship Webbs Consol project in NSW.

Exploration minnow Admiralty Resources (ASX:ADY), flew high – the penny stock smashing through a 57% gain on a quarterly report which spoke of imminent digging.

Meteoric Resources (ASX:MEI) continues to live up to its name, adding 27% to take its gains for the past 12 months to a handy 837.50%, and



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