On Stockhead today, is the Dundas anomaly a nickel company-maker, why is Bill Gates suddenly backing antimony, and China rises from its Covi-… wait, nope.

But first, the day ahead.

Local shares are set to open lower today. At 8am AEST, the ASX 200 October futures contract is pointing down by 0.30%.

TRADING HALTS

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

Valor Resources (ASX:VAL) – Regarding exploration results at Surprise Creek

Cygnus Gold (ASX:CY5) – Capital raise

Culpeo Minerals (ASX:CPO) – Capital raise

Queensland Pacific Metals (ASX:APM) – Material investment and off-take agreement

OpenLearning (ASX:PLL) – Capital raise

Mayur Resources (ASX:MRL) – Capital raise and board changes

Magnum Mining and Exploration (ASX:MGU) – Completion of an acquisition

GME Resources (ASX:GME) – Capital raising

Axiom Properties (ASX:AXI) – Major strategic investment

 

COMMODITY/FOREX/CRYPTO MARKET PRICES

Gold: $US1,665.80 (-0.13%)

Silver: $US19.17 (-2.47%)

Nickel (3mth): $US22,045/t (-1.64%)

Copper (3mth): $US7,524/t (-0.71%)

Lithium Carbonate, China (Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, Sept 28): $US70,925/t (+102% year-to-date)

Lithium Hydroxide, China (Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, Sept 28): $US70,800/t (+139.9% year-to-date)

Oil (WTI): $US88.61 (-2.75%)

Oil (Brent): $US93.69 (-2.60%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US96.97 (-0.39%)

AUD/USD: 0.6275 (+0.2%)

Bitcoin: $US19,040(-0.59%)

WHAT GOT YOU TALKING YESTERDAY?

Some juicy uranium hits by Kingsland Minerals (ASX:KNG) at its Cleo Uranium Project in the Northern Territory.

 

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YESTERDAY’S ASX SMALL CAP LEADERS:

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Dundas Minerals (ASX:DUN) closed some 40% higher after hitting a large mafic-ultramafic intrusive complex beginning ~170m down hole in the first drill hole at the Central exploration target within the prospective Albany Fraser Orogen in WA.

 

ASX SMALL CAP LOSERS

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Lithium explorer Alchemy Resources (ASX:ALY) tumbled despite announcing a $5.5m capital raising to fund drilling on its high priority lithium assets in WA and battery metal projects in NSW.