On Stockhead today, There’s a shiny new Critical Minerals Strategy.

It doesn’t scream of urgency and we’ve already started pulling it apart.

You can expect more of that in a moment from our hotbed of experts and seething nest of Bolsheviks.

Meantime, meet the company offering needle free vaccines.

And, why Vietnam is setting these ASX stocks on fire.

But first, the day ahead.



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

Intelligent Monitoring Group (ASX:IMB) –  Underwritten non-renounceable accelerated entitlement offer.

Battery Age Minerals (ASX:BM8) – Early exploration agreement related to the Falcon Lake project.

European Lithium (ASX:EUR) – Acquisition of Austrian lithium prospective tenements and assay results in respect to the tenements being acquired.

Olympio Metals (ASX:OLY) – Speeding ticket, with an explanation still to come.



Gold: $US1957.15 (+0.75%)

Silver: $US23.87 (-0.2%)

Nickel (3mth): $US24,025/t (+2.02%)

Copper (3mth): $US9002.50/t (+0.27%)

Oil (WTI): $US70.66 (+3.5%)

Oil (Brent): $US75.53 (+3.2%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US114.50/t (+0.44%)

AUD/USD: 0.6887  (+1.36%)

Bitcoin: $US25,380 (-1.53%)



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Brightstar Resources (ASX:BTR) emerged as the Small Caps winner for Tuesday, up 30% after announcing that its journey to becoming the nation’s newest gold producer is one large step closer to completion.

BTR says that mining personnel and equipment supplied by its partner BML Ventures will be mobilising in late July to its Menzies project in WA, marking the kick-off of production with an expected 30,000t of ore at a head grade of more than 6 grams per tonne (g/t) gold from within the Selkirk open pit mine in August.

Xanadu Mining (ASX:XAM) is continuing its mysterious climb, landing in second place after gaining up another 28% in spite of a Please Explain from the ASX.

The company’s issued no material news since 07 June, but has told the ASX that it is in continuous receipt of assay results from its Kharmagtai copper-gold project in Mongolia.

“We confirm there are no specific results requiring immediate release due to their material nature,” the company said. “Xanadu will continue to disclose assay results on a regular basis and in logical groupings to explain how its projects are evolving and improving. Our next such announcement is expected to take place within 1-2 weeks.”

And in third place, despite being screeching into a Trading Halt about 90 minutes before time, is Olympio Metals (ASX:OLY) up 27% for the day which had the ASX cops asking for another please explain.



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