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On Stockhead today, Pilbara Minerals’ trendsetting lithium auction is back, baby! Can it heat up mild spodumene prices?

But first, the day ahead.




IPO: $5m at 20c per share

Commences Trading: 11am Eastern Time Friday, March 15

The Northern Territory-focused junior explorer lists on the ASX with a handful of uranium and critical minerals exploration assets.

These include copper and uranium targets at the Mount Doreen tenement in the Arunta region, about 350km from Alice Springs, and the Lucy Creek manganese project in the Georgina Basin.



Gold: US$2,170.60/oz (-0.23%)

Silver: US$25.01/oz (-0.08%)

Nickel (3mth): US$18,377/t (+2.03%)

Copper (3mth): US$8,653.00/t (+0.86%)

Oil (WTI): US$80.41 (+0.87%)

Oil (Brent): US$84.71 (+0.79%)

Iron 62pc Fe: US$107.00/t (-3.15%)

AUD/USD: 0.6625 (+0.09%)

Bitcoin: US$73,049 (-0.05%)



These stocks went into trading halts yesterday and are expected out in the coming days:

C29 Metals Limited (ASX: C29) – material acquisition and capital raise

DigitalX Limited (ASX: DCC) – placement

PYC Therapeutics Limited (ASX: PYC) – capital raise

Enova Mining Limited (ASX: ENV) – significant exploration results for the recently announced CODA project acquisition



Two bits of exciting news for beaten down lithium baggies.



And two:


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Arafura Rare Earths (ASX:ARU) has secured conditional Commonwealth Government approval for a US$533 million debt financing package to build its Nolans project in the Northern Territory.

Lobbing a mention of artificial intelligence into a release was enough to give $2m capped biotech BPH Global (ASX:BP8) a nice bump at Thursday’s open.

BP8 says it will “expand its seaweed research and development activities into essential mineral extraction utilising AI search technology”.

Superloop (ASX:SLC) is now providing wholesale internet services to two of Australia’s largest energy companies after inking a six-year contract with Origin Energy and its subsidiaries.

The contract is expected to add +$19m of annualised earnings once the current subscriber base is fully transitioned, it says.



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Explorer Sultan Resources (ASX:SLZ) has completed a 2 hole drill program at the Calesi prospect in WA and, while assays are pending, “no visible support for magmatic nickel sulphides was observed”.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) reckons healthtech Careteq (ASX:CTQ) was not entitled to almost $1.3m of tax offsets related to R&D claims over the past two years.

Should it be unable to substantiate its claim CTQ will have to pay back the money plus a $320,000 ‘administrative penalty’.

Meanwhile, Superloop’s gain mentioned above is Aussie Broadband’s (ASX:ABB) loss.

ABB says it received “unexpected notice” on the evening of 13 March 2024 that Origin Energy will terminate the White Label Wholesale Agreement with ABB effective 12 April 2024.