On Stockhead today, has President Trump given the uranium sector the kick it’s been waiting for, our Hot Money Monday look at this week’s most in-demand stocks, and what lessons do Deutsche Bank’s job cuts have for Australian financial firms?

But first:

The week ahead

Key data in Australia this week will be headlined by the June employment figures on Thursday (11:30am AEST).

The RBA — having just cut rates twice in a row to 1 per cent — has recently elevated the importance of ongoing strength in the labour market as a key pillar of economic growth.

Markets are forecasting monthly jobs growth to slow to 10,000, leaving the unemployment rate steady at 5.2 per cent.

Looking abroad, there’s a data deluge out of China today, highlighted by Q2 GDP figures with annual growth expected to come in at 6.2 per cent.

And amid a busy week of US data, US Fed chair Jerome Powell is schedule to give a speech on Tuesday night called “Aspects of Monetary Policy in the Post-Crisis Era”.

Company news

The following companies are scheduled to come out of a trading halt or voluntary suspension over the next 48 hours:

Monday:
Graphex Mining (ASX: GPX) – capital raise
Strike Resources (ASX: SRK) – maiden resource estimate
HomeStay Care (ASX: HSC) – distribution agreement

Tuesday
Black Cat Syndicate (ASX: BC8) – mineral resource update
Titanium Sands (ASX: TSL) – acquisition

Markets

Gold: $US1,415.51 ($2,016.39) +0.19%

Silver: $US15.23 +0.70%

Oil (Brent): $US66.88 +0.54%

Oil (WTI): $US60.38 +0.28%

Coal: $US75.43 (-1.31%)

Iron ore 62pc fe: $US120.00 +0.84%

AUD/USD: $US0.7019 +0.66%

What got you talking last week

Over on Stockhead’s Facebook group chat, there were plenty of interesting stories and bits of research, posted by the Stockhead team and group members alike. Here’s a summary of some of our key insights from last week.

These were the five most-discussed stocks on trading gossip forum HotCopper at close on Friday, July 12:

Last week’s winners

It was a good week for tech company Kyckr (ASX: KYK), which was up 95 per cent and has climbed almost 200 per cent since the start of the July.

The reg-tech company scored a commercial partnership with the Singapore division of global insurer AXA Insurance on July 3, and last week signed a two-year agreement with global data platform DemystData.

Also performing strongly was silica sands company VRX Silica (ASX:VRX), which rose more than 70 per cent.

The previous Friday, VRX announced a resource upgrade at its Arrowsmith North project in WA. It followed that up with an announcement on the “C-word” (China), booking a partnership with a major Chinese glass manufacturer for “promotion and sale of silica sand products in China”.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for July 9-12:

Ticker Name Price last Friday Price this Friday (intraday) % Return Market Cap
QTG Q TECHNOLOGY GROUP 0.004 0.009 125 $1,351,855.38
KYK KYCKR 0.05 0.089 94 $14,945,524.00
MCX MARINER CORP 0.02 0.037 85 $508,309.03
4CE FORCE COMMODITIES 0.011 0.02 82 $9,268,095.00
VRX VRX SILICA 0.088 0.155 76 $62,669,384.00
ODA ORCODA 0.115 0.18 57 $18,355,686.00
SPB SOUTH PACIFIC RESOURCES 0.002 0.003 50 $496,545.94
DDD 3D RESOURCES 0.001 0.0015 50 $1,660,831.63
VPR VOLT POWER GROUP 0.001 0.0015 50 $12,366,800.00
SRO SHAREROOT 0.001 0.0015 50 $2,831,352.75
RFN REFFIND 0.004 0.006 50 $3,093,000.00
M7T MACH7 TECHNOLOGIES 0.59 0.84 49 $130,805,608.00
LIN LINDIAN RESOURCES 0.011 0.016 45 $6,044,994.00
1ST 1ST GROUP 0.061 0.09 45 $31,984,752.00
IXU IXUP 0.07 0.099 41 $15,685,931.00
AOU AUROCH MINERALS 0.049 0.068 39 $6,834,240.50
FZO FAMILY ZONE CYBER SAFETY 0.185 0.26 38 $51,160,096.00
HOR HORSESHOE METALS 0.008 0.011 37 $2,141,174.00
EDE EDEN INNOVATIONS 0.043 0.068 37 $98,260,744.00
SGC SACGASCO 0.014 0.019 36 $5,070,338.00
WLD WELLARD 0.029 0.042 34 $20,718,762.00
ZLD ZELDA THERAPEUTICS 0.046 0.065 34 $47,586,540.00
CCA CHANGE FINANCIAL 0.051 0.068 33 $6,721,367.00
RMG RMG 0.009 0.008 33 $8,407,978.00
MLS METALS AUSTRALIA 0.0015 0.002 33 $5,854,395.50
DRE DREADNOUGHT RESOURCES 0.003 0.004 33 $5,304,691.50
VAR VARISCAN MINES 0.0015 0.002 33 $2,542,147.25
AAJ ARUMA RESOURCES 0.003 0.003 33 $2,629,655.50

Last week’s losers

Things got a bit strange at sunscreen maker Advance Nanotek (ASX: ANO), which has been one of the best performers on the ASX this year.

The company’s stock price slumped so sharply it got a “please explain” from the ASX, but it couldn’t say what was causing it — other than the trades in question were being carried out at a low volume relative to the total shares on issue.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for July 9 -12:

Ticker Name Price last Friday Price this Friday (intraday) % Return Market Cap
ANO ADVANCE NANOTEK 6.27 4.82 -21 $291,066,048.00
RDS REDSTONE RESOURCES 0.014 0.011 -21 $5,213,607.50
UUV UUV AQUABOTIX 0.009 0.007 -22 $2,274,563.25
QEM QEM 0.135 0.104 -22 $10,500,000.00
THD THRED 0.002 0.0015 -25 $2,684,086.25
AVE AVECHO BIOTECHNOLOGY 0.004 0.003 -25 $4,732,372.50
DHR DARK HORSE RESOURCES 0.004 0.003 -25 $6,073,864.50
ICG INCA MINERALS 0.004 0.003 -25 $9,256,801.00
BNL BIG STAR ENERGY 0.008 0.006 -25 $2,381,250.00
LMG LATROBE MAGNESIUM 0.008 0.006 -25 $7,779,018.50
AUL AUSTAR GOLD 0.004 0.003 -25 $10,170,931.00
VIC VICTORY MINES 0.002 0.0015 -25 $2,044,848.25
FTT FACTOR THERAPEUTICS 0.0045 0.003 -33 $3,128,507.00
FRX FLEXIROAM 0.018 0.015 -33 $2,905,001.50
XST XSTATE RESOURCES 0.003 0.002 -33 $2,280,981.75
AJC ACACIA COAL 0.0015 0.001 -33 $4,067,651.75
PKO PEAKO 0.024 0.016 -33 $1,231,656.75
TMX TERRAIN MINERALS 0.003 0.003 -33 $1,287,464.00
GLV GLOBAL VANADIUM 0.0015 0.001 -33 $2,829,480.00
CAD CAENEUS MINERALS 0.0015 0.0015 -33 $2,141,260.25
TPD TALON PETROLEUM 0.003 0.002 -33 $3,553,579.00
MEB MEDIBIO 0.019 0.012 -36 $2,985,618.00
AON APOLLO MINERALS 0.062 0.038 -41 $6,052,902.50
BRV BIG RIVER GOLD 0.02 0.009 -50 $10,281,180.00
MZN MARINDI METALS 0.002 0.001 -50 $2,132,371.00
SHK STONE RESOURCES AUSTRALIA 0.002 0.001 -50 $811,646.13
ECT ENVIRONMENTAL CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES 0.013 0.006 -53 $28,803,098.00
KGD KULA GOLD 0.043 0.01 -76 $587,945.81