On Stockhead today, Q1 for local and global markets – and March in particular – proved an absolute test case in making money in a crisis and somehow getting away with it.

The Nasdaq really pulled off a stunner of an opening quarter (up about 17%), but in a game with four of them, it’s best no one loses their mind quite yet.

On the home front, Ooh Ahh Nadine McGrath goes through the slo-mo replays of what happened at home for what was a golden March run chase and breaks down the ASX stocks that got the job done,

Also padding up – Goldman’s best bets for the coming AI arms race, and one for the tail enders: How to spot a quality stock and hit it out of the ground.

April, they say, is the month to play.

Welcome to Stockhead. Small caps and sport. It’s a particular niche.

Now first, the day ahead.

 

IT’S RBA TUESDAY

Ahead of the RBA decision, the major banks have put our money where their mouth is (again):

CBA forecasting 3.60% peak cash rate. None today and done already.

NAB forecasting 3.85% peak cash rate. Lift today and that’s it.

WBC forecasting 3.85% peak cash rate. Not today, one for May and doneski.

ANZ has a 4.10% peak cash rate. One today, one in May and then it’s a dog’s dinner.

 

TRADING HALTS

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

Frontier Digital Ventures (ASX:FDV) – Equity raising.

Elementos (ASX:ELT) – Capital raising.

Fin Resources (ASX:FIN) – Proposed acquisition.

Sarytogan Graphite (ASX:SGA) – Capital raising.

Singular Health Group (ASX:SHG) – Capital raising.

Clara Resources Australia (ASX:C7A) – Capital raising.

Elixinol Wellness (ASX:EXL) – Capital raising.

Li-S Energy Limited (ASX:LIS) – Research and development results.

Botanix Pharmaceuticals (ASX:BOT) – Capital raising.

Tribeca Global Natural Resources (ASX:TGF) – Entitlement offer shortfall.

Ausgold (ASX:AUC) – Capital raising.

PPK Group (ASX:PPK) – Waiting on Li-S to drop its research and development results.

 

COMMODITY/FOREX/CRYPTO MARKET PRICES

Gold: $US1,969.17 (+0.81%)

Silver: $US24.08 (-0.44%)

Nickel (3mth): $US23,199/t (-2.29%)

Copper (3mth): $US9001.00/t (-0.02%)

Oil (WTI): $US80.50 (+6.51%)

Oil (Brent): $US80.09 (+6.34%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US127/t (+0.83%)

AUD/USD: 0.65685 (-0.33%)

Bitcoin: $US27,773 (-1.08%)

 

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ASX SMALL CAP LEADERS

Here are Monday’s best performing ASX small cap stocks:

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Electro Optic Systems (ASX:EOS) won an exciting contract with SpetsTechnoExport (“STE”), a Ukrainian state-owned foreign trade enterprise, to supply up to 100 EOS heavy RWS units to Ukraine, including spares and related services.

The contract, worth around $120 million over 2023-24, is conditional on demonstration testing over the coming weeks, and subject to other customary terms for military contracts.

EOS was trading 32% higher on the news earlier on Monday.

Not as good as Olympio Metals (ASX:OLY), which found 77% in early trade on news of a farm-in agreement with flavour of last month, Liontown Resources (ASX:LTR) that would see LTR getting its mits into OLY’s Mulline and Mulwarrie lithium projects in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia.

Under the deal, Liontown is set to complete 1,100 soil samples across the projects before progressing to Stage 1 of a two-stage earn-in.

OD6 Metals (ASX:OD6) says some “very high metallurgical recoveries” have been achieved from samples including:

  • Prop Prospect – 44% to 96% recovery of MagREE (average 71%)
  • Centre Prospect – 54% to 78% recovery of MagREE (average 62%)
  • Scrum & Flanker Prospects – 64% and 76% recovery of MagREE respectively (one sample each).

Up 50%.

 

ASX SMALL CAP LAGGARDS

Here are the least best performing ASX small cap stocks:

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