On Stockhead today, EU battery metals stocks that aren’t lithium, a couple of healthcare picks from Luke Winchester, and why brekky is 70pc more expensive.

 

But first, the day ahead.

Local shares are set to open flattish today. At 8am AEDT, the ASX 200 July futures was pointing down by only 2 points.

In Australia, it’s time for:

  • Trade balance for May, and
  • ABS Full Employment Change and June Participation Rate

Which we’re sure will get tied into inflation forecasts somehow. And in less important parts of the world, they’ll be talking about:

  • Sweden CPI June
  • US PPI June
  • The US Economic Outlook with the Fed’s Waller
  • China New Home Prices and Residential Property Sales
  • China Industrial Production, Retail Sales & Fixed Asset Investment, June
  • China GDP 2Q, and
  • The Bank of Korea Interest rate decision.

 

WHO’S SCHEDULED TO LIST?

Nope. And not until July 20. It’s suddenly gone quiet out there.

 

TRADING HALTS

Regional Express (ASX:REX) – pending a material announcement.

Matador Mining (ASX:MZZ) – regarding a capital raise.

 

MARKETS

Gold: $US1,735.22 (+0.55%)

Silver: $US19.195 (+1.60%)

Nickel (3mth): $US21,000/t (-1.75%)

Copper (3mth): $US7,400/t (+0.63%)

Lithium Carbonate, China (Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, June 30): $US69,750/t (0.0% weekly)

Lithium Hydroxide, China (Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, June 30): $US70,875/t (0.0% weekly)

Oil (WTI): $US96.00 (+0.17%)

Oil (Brent): $US99.60 (+0.12%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US111.05 (+1.25%)

AUD/USD: 0.6759 (-0.10%)

Bitcoin: $US19,904 (+1.27%)

 

WHAT GOT YOU TALKING YESTERDAY?

Animoca still making a mockery of the ASX booting it for not being a real stock:

 

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TODAY’S BIGGEST SMALL CAP WINNERS

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Fiji Kava (ASX:FIJ) killed it yesterday after a very positive update on its US business, The Calmer Co, which it says is growing fast, growing well and now making up more than half of its global revenue. Cool company. Go Fiji. Go Kava. Even though you taste like dirt.

But the big daddy was Arrow Minerals (ASX:AMD), which is divesting Strickland copper-gold project to Dreadnought Resources (ASX:DRE) to focus on its West African assets and picking up the Simandou North iron ore project in Guinea.

The Simandou North Iron Project is an exceptional early-stage opportunity, one that provides Arrow with access to the premium iron belt in West Africa at a time where significant infrastructural improvements are underway.

“We are excited to be able to provide shareholders with exposure to this extraordinary opportunity,” AMD managing director Hugh Bresser says.

“Global demand for high-grade iron ore continues to grow and the Simandou Range hosts the world’s largest undeveloped high-grade iron deposits.”

 

TODAY’S BIGGEST SMALL CAP LOSERS

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Sezzle (ASX:SZL) fell oh so hard again –  as the fallout from its failed merger with ZIP extended into a second session.

There’s a record low in those numbers for SZL, following the 39% crash on Tuesday.

Shares in the bereft Sezzle are now down well over 55% in the past week.