On Stockhead today, So far this year, the great majority of stocks on our 270-strong High Voltage list are down. 56 by almost a third, or more.

To cheer us up, Reuben reveals 5 outperforming ASX battery metal explorers with hefty market caps and good bone structure.

And c’mon Australia – forget dodgy pitches or bearish markets – Australia’s ETF industry just set a new record high for funds under management. The industry ended February with an amazeballs circa $140 billion in the kitty.

Nadine very sensibly asks what TF happened last month in the land of the lucky ETF?

Meanwhile, old energy always finds a new way to rise from the dead.

With prices at a tipping point, Josh asks, if thermal coal can once again prove the ultimate survivor?

But first, the day ahead…



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

Sultan Resources (ASX:SLZ) – Capital raising and material acquisition.

Kelsian Group (ASX:KLS) – Potential acquisition.

Great Boulder Resources (ASX:GBR) – Capital raising.

Olympio Metals (ASX:OLY) – Exploration results from the Eurelia Project in South Australia.

Patriot Battery Metals (ASX:PMT) – Capital raising.

Linius Technologies (ASX:LNU) – Capital raising.

Aeon Metals (ASX:AML) – Material resource estimates update.

IOUpay (ASX:IOU) – “Serious financial irregularities”.

IPH (ASX:IPH) – There’s been a “cyber incident”.


Gold: $US1,867.09 (+1.98%)

Silver: $US20.52 (+2.24%)

Nickel (3mth): $US23,269/t (-2.94%)

Copper (3mth): $US8853.50/t (-0.65%)

Oil (WTI): $US76.68 (+1.27%)

Oil (Brent): $US82.56 (+1.19%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US130.50/t (1.16%)

AUD/USD: 0.6579 (-0.17%)

Bitcoin: $US20,584 (+2.43%)



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Polymetals Resources (ASX:POL) closed Tuesday 46% higher, saying it’s set to finally acquire 100% of Orana Minerals, paying 52 million in stock to bring Orana and its SVP in as wholly-owned subsidiaries.

PPK (ASX:PPK) jumped almost 20% on news it’s entered a series of conditional deals to acquire a ‘material interest’ in the lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) maker PowerPlus Energy, ‘Australia’s largest privately-owned lithium battery manufacturer.’

Elsewhere, Critical Minerals Group (ASX:CMG) rose 15.6% on Monday’s release that the final 23 core holes of its latest exploratory drill program all intersected shallow vanadium and alumina in oxidised mineralised zone at its Lindfield project.

The exploration program shows consistent thicknesses and grades across the deposit, with standout higher grade V2O5 assays including:

  • Hole LIND011 15.89m – 16.22m @ 0.70% V2O5,
  • Hole LIND016 6.50m – 6.90m @ 0.62% V2O5 and 6.90m–7.05m @ 0.65% V2O5.



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Some Very Grim News from BNPL player IOUPay (ASX:IOU) which has had trading halted because somebody’s allegedly been a very naughty boy.

Yesterday, IOUPay announced to the market that its Chief Financial Officer, Kenneth Kuan Choon Hsuing, had been forcibly ousted from his position following “a preliminary review by the Executive Chairman of cost levels and financial performance in the company’s Malaysian business”.

Well, it turns out that it didn’t take long for that “preliminary review” to take on a much more solid form – the company has announced today that it has “discovered serious financial irregularities in its Malaysian business”.

That’s as much detail as I’ve managed to confirm at this stage, but it’s interesting to note the revelations come just five days after IOUPay’s Executive Chairman Isaac Chong Kwong Yang, who led the investigation, was elevated to the role from his previous position as plain ol’ Chairman.


Finally, today’s the Ides of March

2067 years ago today Rome’s favourite son copped it right in the back – and then from all sides – from his favourite (adopted) son.

There’s a lesson here. It’s a good one. Noy sure exactly what it is right now, so here’s a pic. It’s a good’un too.

1894 Engraving of JC getting it in the senate, with the knives, by everyone… except that useless Marc Antony, who’s probably the one in purple doing bugger all. Just standing around with his hands in sheet. Git. Via Getty