Good morning everyone, and welcome to Thursday – the day of the week that most reminds me of an elderly Volvo sedan I once owned.

It was baby-poo yellow, except for the rust, none of the windows worked – they happily went down, never to be seen again – and it had a hole in the fuel tank that would piddle petrol everywhere I went, unless I left the petrol cap slightly unscrewed to relieve the pressure in the tank.

I tried for months to fix that leak – tried everything from gaffer tape to sheets of fibreglass – and eventually fixed it after reading in a magazine that a half-chewed Mintie, once thumbed across the leak, would set rock-hard and my troubles would be over.

It worked like a charm, lasting precisely two days before a wayward geriatric decided his equally geriatric Kingswood would look a lot nicer in the parcel of Parramatta Road that the back half of my Volvo was currently in.

So… yeah. Thursdays are like surviving a horror car crash in a poop-yellow Volvo, because we’ve all gotta take the good with the bad.

Please join me in imploring Ghosts of Portfolios Past for a better Thursday than that.

Anyway… to get your day started off right, we’ve got some top-notch information that you’re definitely going to want to get stuck into before anyone else does.

That includes the always-delightful Jess Cummins previewing the Resources Rising Stars Twilight Series, rolling out across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne at the end of the month – definitely worth a look-in if you’re in the mood to talk details with representatives from the likes of Gascoyne Resources (ASX:GCY) and Silver Lake Resources (ASX:SLR).

And the unstoppable Nadine McGrath has this timely look at some ASX-listed agriculture stocks that are working to ensure Australia’s future food security, as that naughty El Nino rascal gears up to turn the nation into a sweaty, blistering hell hole once more.

There’s more where that came from, too – but before you go diving into the mountain of words we’re bringing you this morning, here’s a few facts, figures and other stuff starting with F to make sure you’re prepped for whatever this Thursday might bring.

 

COMMODITY/FOREX/CRYPTO MARKET PRICES

Gold: $US1976.47 (-0.11%)

Silver: $US25.15 (+0.30%)

Nickel (3mth): $US20,900/t (-0.87%)

Copper (3mth): $US8432.50/t (-0.48%)

Oil (WTI): $US75.02 (-0.96%)

Oil (Brent): $US78.29 (-1.68%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US112.08/t (-0.08%)

AUD/USD: 0.6774  (+0.3%)

Bitcoin: $US29,933.54 (+0.45%)

WHAT GOT YOU TALKING?

When too much information about obscure minerals is never enough.

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Also, be sure to check in preopen each day for ‘Market highlights and 5 ASX small caps to watch’, and 10.30am for our daily ‘10 at 10’ column — a live summary of winners & losers at the opening bell.

 

YESTERDAY’S ASX SMALL CAP LEADERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks:

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Some standouts:

“PEC is chipping away at its flagship 137Mt Beharra silica sands project 300km north of Perth.

“A painfully slow environmental approvals process – thanks to ‘extended Government processing delays’ – is now in its final stages.”

Reuben also has some good intel on Theta Gold Mines (ASX:TGM), which is up 16.28% today at close.

 

YESTERDAY’S ASX SMALL CAP LAGGARDS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks:

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TRADING HALTS

Tymlez (ASX:TYM) – Capital raising.

Black Canyon (ASX:BCA) – Capital raising.

Botanix Pharmaceuticals (ASX:BOT) – Capital raising and a pending announcement regarding a royalty acquisition.

PolarX (ASX:PXX) – Capital raising.

Energy Transition Minerals (ASX:ETM) – Pending an announcement on the lodgment of a Statement of Claim with an arbitration tribunal in Copenhagen.

Greenwing Resources (ASX:GW1) – Pending an announcement regarding the company’s funding arrangements. This halt could last as long as the commencement of trading on Friday, Greenwing advised.

Gold Mountain (ASX:GMN) – Capital raising.

Top Shelf International Holdings (ASX:TSI) – Capital raising.

Perpetual Resources (ASX:PEC) – Pending an announcement regarding a potential acquisition.