On Stockhead today, which lithium junior will win the race to $1 billion, ETFs to get you on the renewables bandwagon, and the gold, nickel and base metal explorers listing in May.

But first, the day ahead.

 

TRADING HALTS

The following companies are in trading halts and are expected out in the coming days:

Vital Metals Limited (ASX:VML) – trading halt, pending an update on Vital’s offtake arrangements and to clarify a news article released by Reuters titled “EV parts maker Schaeffler signs first of a kind European rare earth deal,” which concerns partner, REEtec.

Ookami Limited (ASX:OOK) – trading halt, pending an announcement in relation to a project acquisition and capital raising

Seafarms Group (ASX:SFG) – trading halt, pending an announcement in relation to a potential board movement.

 

MARKETS (updated at 8am AEDT)

Gold: $US1,951.71 (+0.11%)

Silver: $US25.14 (-0.02%)

Nickel (3mth): $US33,505/t (-0.8%)

Copper (3mth): $US10,223/t (-0.8%)

Oil (WTI): $US102.58 (+0.05%)

Oil (Brent): $US107.27 (+0.05%)

Aust Coking Coal (steelmaking): $516.7/t (+1.3%)

Newcastle Coal (thermal): $321/t (+0.0%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US154.58 (-0.67%)

AUD/USD: $US0.7426 (+0.71%)

Bitcoin: $US41,578 (+2.55%)

 

WHAT GOT YOU TALKING OVER THE WEEKEND?

Something with Bitcoin in it, something with Web 3.0 in it. But also, a CEO who’s happy to get paid in crypto. Champion.

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YESTERDAY’S BIGGEST SMALL CAP WINNERS

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Petratherm (ASX:PTR) is at decade highs today, after the explorer revealed a high-value rare earth discovery inside its Comet gold project in the ever-fruitful Gawler Craton in South Australia. PTR shares have more than doubled, and then kept climbing into the close.

According to Stockhead’s rarest egg, Jessica Cummins, a bit of shallow RAB drilling of the clay horizon confirmed some “impressive concentrations of high-value REEs”.

All 44 holes returned strong results with 23 holes hitting TREO > 1,000ppm, with PTR comparing them to the ion-absorption rare earth deposits of China – world-king of REEs.

Graphite producer and battery anode material developer Volt Resources (ASX:VRC) says it’s gotten itself into a handy joint development deal with alkaline battery producer, Urban Electric Power, and Volt’s tech partner in the US – American Energy Technologies Co. The mission they’ve chosen to accept is all about playing with non-spherical purified graphite for conductivity enhancement and ultra-high purity graphite-based coatings to improve alkaline battery performance.

And Big River Gold (ASX:BRV) also went big on Wednesday with a binding scheme implementation deed (SID) with Aura Minerals for the total takeover of Big River with BRV shareholders to receive a cash consideration of A$0.36 per BRV share.

If the scheme proceeds, Big River will become a subsidiary of Aura and will be held under a JV between Aura and Dundee and will bid a fond farewell to the ASX.

YESTERDAY’S BIGGEST SMALL CAP LOSERS

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Our mums always said if you haven’t got anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything. So we’re not saying anything about Jade Gas and Arovella Therapeutics.