On Stockhead today, 5000 Aussies tell where they’re investing next, is green gold real, and top stocks to watch this reporting season.

 

But first, the day ahead.

Local shares are set to open higher today. At 8am AEDT, the ASX 200 August futures is pointing up by 0.70%.

According to Visual Capitalist, August has been the second worst month (behind June) over the last 30+ years for stocks, on average.

Will 2022 buck that trend?

Pic: Visual Capitalist, www.visualcapitalist.com/the-best-months-for-stock-market-gains/

Corelogic releases the Home Value Index today, with data expected to show home prices continuing fall from recent highs in Melbs and Sydney.

Aussie Industry Group/S&P Global drop results of surveys from purchasing managers in the manufacturing sector.

“Activity continues to expand,” Commsec says.

Monthly inflation and job adverts data is also due.

 

TRADING HALTS

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

Celsius Resources (ASX:CLA) – Capital raise

Raiden Resources (ASX:RDN) – Capital raise

Alice Queen (ASX:AQX) – Capital raise

Design Milk (ASX:DMC) – Material announcement

Dreadnought Resources (ASX:DRE) – Capital raise

Venture Minerals Limited (ASX:VMS) – Results from the South West Project

Technology Metals Australia Limited (ASX: TMT) – Ore reserve update and anticipated production profile from Murchison Technology Metals Project

Carbonxt Group (ASX:CG1) – Capital raise

Cauldron Energy (ASX:CXU) – Drill assay results from Blackwood Gold Project

Caravel Minerals (ASX:CVV) – Capital raising

Pacific Edge (ASX:PEB) – Trading halt while the company figures out who needs to be sent a bill for use of its CxBladder cancer market codes

Felix Gold (ASX:FXG) – Positive drilling results from Felix’s Alaskan project

LiveTiles (ASX:LVT) – It looks like LiveTiles wants to get off the ASX merry go round

 

COMMODITY/ FOREX/ CRYPTO MARKET PRICES

Gold: $US1,765.22 (-0.31%)

Silver: $US20.20 (-0.11%)

Nickel (3mth): $US21,935/t

Copper (3mth): $US7,762/t

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

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

Oil (WTI): $US97.90 (-0.75%)

Oil (Brent): $US103.37 (-0.59%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US107.22 (+0.31%)

AUD/USD: 0.6986 (-0.20%)

Bitcoin: $US23,604 (-0.65%)

 

WHAT GOT YOU TALKING OVER THE WEEKEND?

Gold is running, again. The return of the bull market, or another discouraging fizzer?

 

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ASX SMALL CAP WINNERS:

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for July 25 – July 29:

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On Friday, BNPL comeback story Sezzle (ASX:SZL) reported a 6.8% bump in total quarterly income after already gaining some 263% for the week.

In fact it was a good week for BNPL-facing stocks full stop, with Laybuy Group (ASX:LBY), Incentiapay (ASX:INP), Openpay (ASX:OPY), Zip (ASX:ZIP) and Beforepay (ASX:B4P) also making significant gains.

Explorer Cobre (ASX:CBE) was ~140% after making a “significant new copper discovery” at the Ngami project in Botswana.

And blockchain auditing tech company Security Matters (ASX:SMX) will be back-ended into the NASDAQ via a SPAC called Lionheart. That’s good for shareholders, it says.

ASX SMALL CAP LOSERS:

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for July 25 – July 29:

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