On Stockhead today, the super alloy that’s also an EV secret sauce, an ETF that tracks royalty payments, and a renewable energy IPO.

But first, the day ahead.

Local shares are set to open higher today. At 8am AEST, the ASX 200 September futures contract is pointing up by 0.15%.

In Oz, we get building approvals for July, assuming there were any construction companies left. US data fans will get a read on home prices for June, and JOLTs job vacancies for July, as well as consumer confidence for August. All kinds oif big deals.

In Europe, it’s time for the Global Composite PMI for August and retail sales for July.

 

TRADING HALTS

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

I Synergy Group (ASX:IS3) – I, Capital Raise. 

Pro-Pac Packaging (ASX:PPG) – PPG’s got news about an equity and debt restructuring in the works. 

Cobre (ASX:CBE) – More drilling results are on the way from Cobre’s copper hunt in Botswana.

Blue Star Helium (ASX:BNL) – Blue Star has news from the Sammon Well on the way. 

Horseshoe Metals (ASX:HOR) – More news incoming, this time assay results from Horseshoe Lights Copper Gold Project. 

Tesoro Gold (ASX:TSO) – Wow… everyone’s been busy, by the looks of things – Tesoro Gold’s got material exploration results on the way as well. 

Suvo Strategic Minerals (ASX:SUV) – Likewise, SUV has something to say about its Eneabba Project.

 

COMMODITY/FOREX/CRYPTO MARKET PRICES

Gold: $US1,737.45 (+0.05%)

Silver: $US18.75 (-0.65%)

Nickel (3mth): $US21,710/t (+0.15%)

Copper (3mth): $US8,129/t (+0.00%)

Lithium Carbonate, China (Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, Aug 17): $US71,200/t (+90.2% year-to-date)

Lithium Hydroxide, China (Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, Aug 17): $US71,775/t (+127.4% year-to-date)

Oil (WTI): $US97.11 (+4.34%)

Oil (Brent): $US104.78 (+3.70%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US105.28 (-0.20%)

AUD/USD: 0.6905 (+0.5%%)

Bitcoin: $US20,208 (+1.17%)

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YESTERDAY’S BIGGEST SMALL CAP WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for August 22 – August 26:

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Up strongly on Monday was Galileo Mining (ASX:GAL), which has struck massive sulphides at its Callisto palladium dig.

GAL says drilling at Callisto palladium discovery has intersected massive sulphide mineralisation including 1.25m of massive sulphides logged within a larger 29.1m zone of disseminated and stringer sulphides.

And say hello to Dart Mining (ASX:DTM), which started the day as a $10m lithium hopeful and ended it a $16m mini meme stock. It jumped 43% after Stockhead’s own Barry Fitzgerald put a rocket under it on Friday afternoon .

At least, that’s what they told the ASX in response to the speeding ticket.

 

LAST WEEK’S BIGGEST SMALL CAP LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for August 22 – August 26:

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Sezzle (ASX:SZL) slumped 7.7%. It was a bad day for tech and SZL is a bit of a bad tech weather vane.

And while on the depressed side of the bourse, where life is without apologies, Aussie Broadband (ASX:ABB) got smacked after doing some really great things in the last 12 months – including returning to profit in FY22, and with some style, up 118% year-on-year.

The $5.3 million profit is a rather upbeat turnaround from last year’s $4.5 million loss.

EBITDA jumped a record 56% to just shy of $547 million, exceeding guidance for the second straight fiscal.

ABB shares were… getting poleaxed. You people are harsh.