On Stockhead today, who’s on the doorstep of WA1’s big Arunta discovery, storing energy in molten salt, and a big week ahead in data releases.

But first, the day ahead.

Aussie shares are set to open higher on Monday.  At 8am AEST, the ASX 200 Dec futures contract was pointing up by 1.4%.

The weeks kicks off with preliminary retail trade data issued by the Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for September while the RBA issues private credit figures with a focus on housing, business, and personal credit.

According to Commsec, the Melbourne Institute inflation gauge for October will be closely observed after the restoration of the full fuel excise on September 29 – adding around 25.3c per litre of taxes to unleaded petrol prices and overall transportation costs.



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

Mt Monger Resources (ASX: MTM) – Capital raise.

American West Metals (ASX:AW1) – Capital raise.

Creso Pharma (ASX:CPH) – Capital raise.

DXN (ASX:DXN) – Update on the sale of business assets.

Pushpay Holdings (ASX:PPH) – Pushpay is prepping a material announcement. Stay tuned.

HITIQ (ASX:HIQ) – Capital raise.

Nitro Software (ASX:NTO) – Takeover offer.



Gold: $US1,643.70 (0.00%)

Silver: $US19.20 (-0.11%)

Nickel (3mth): $US22,384/t (-1.26%)

Copper (3mth): $US7,764.50/t (-0.35%)

Lithium Carbonate, China (Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, OCT 19): $US72,875/t (+111.6% year-to-date)

Lithium Hydroxide, China (Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, OCT 19): $US71,900/t (+151.9% year-to-date)

Oil (WTI): $US88.46 (+0.64%)

Oil (Brent): $US96.14 (+0.38%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US93.01 (+0.22%)

AUD/USD: 0.6404 (-0.2%)

Bitcoin: $US20,601 (-1.09%)



Green Technology Metals hit thick, high-grade spodumene from surface at its Root Project, which hasn’t been properly explored since 1950.



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Renewable energy and solid state hydrogen storage company Tempo Australia (ASX:TPP) was the clear winner, up 75% before easing to a far more sensible 54.5% as the trading day came to a close.

Mining stock Cobre (ASX:CBE) surged after releasing news of a high-grade copper zone at the Comet Target within the Ngami Project as did  Winsome Resources (ASX:WR1) following the intersection of ‘significant pegmatite’ at the Adina Project in Quebec, Canada.



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