On Stockhead today — the ASX small caps searching for the next major deposit in mineral-rich PNG, virus fighting robot tanks, and why gold is a good store of value amid coronavirus chaos.

But first …

The day ahead

Today in economic data look out for January’s monthly retail sales figures at 11.30am. Also to be released is Australia’s foreign reserves figures, due out at 4.30pm.

The following companies are in trading halts and are expected to exit in the next couple of days:

Friday:

BPH Energy (ASX:BPH) – Cortio Dynamics investment
Graphex Mining (ASX:GPX) – capital raising
Eagle Health Holdings (ASX:EHH) – business update
Race Oncology (ASX:RAC) – strategic investor
Tesoro Resources (ASX:TSO) – exploration results

Monday:

Selfwealth (ASX:SWF) – capital raising
Consolidated Zinc (ASX:CZL) – capital raising
Medlab Clinical (ASX:MDC) – clinical trial result

 

Markets

Gold: $US1,674.95 ($2,474.51) (+2.30%)

Silver: $US17.46 (+1.26%)

Oil (WTI): $US45.80 (-2.68%)

Oil (Brent): $US49.84 (-3.05%)

Coal: $US67.10 (+0.98%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US89.63 (+2.86%)

AUD/USD: $US0.6602 (-0.38%)

Bitcoin: $US9,084.26 (+4.3%)

 

What got you talking yesterday

Earlier this week we joined a UBS analyst call. The investment bank reckons the fall in Chinese tourism is enough to send Australia into recession if it persists into next quarter.

Also popular yesterday was our recap of the most hotly tipped gold stocks on the ASX by analysts.

We have a small and micro cap Facebook chat group. If you’re not already a member we’d love to have you join – which you can here.

These were the most tipped stocks (weekly) on Stocks in Play:

 

Yesterday’s winners

Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
SE1 Sensera Ltd 0.02 +66.67% $4.8M 15.9M
SOP Synertec Corp Ltd 0.03 +50.00% $7.3M 805.8k
FMS Flinders Mines Ltd 0.05 +45.45% $167.3M 2.1M
KGL KGL Resources Ltd 0.23 +43.75% $71.7M 32.0k
RDN Raiden Resources Ltd 0.007 +40.00% $3.0M 2.6M
HLX Helix Resources Ltd 0.012 +33.33% $5.8M 1.9M
GED Golden Deeps Ltd 0.013 +30.00% $3.6M 400.0k
CRS Caprice Resources Ltd 0.13 +28.57% $4.4M 148.5k
CGS Cogstate Ltd 0.49 +27.27% $82.6M 101.1k
MLM Metallica Minerals Ltd 0.014 +27.27% $4.5M 273.2k
KAI Kairos Minerals Ltd 0.01 +25.00% $10.2M 19.2M
UUV UUV Aquabotix Ltd 0.0025 +25.00% $1.5M 9.2M
DEG De Grey Mining Ltd 0.23 +24.32% $238.9M 49.3M
SCI Silver City Minerals Ltd 0.011 +22.22% $3.8M 10.4M
3DA Amaero International Ltd 0.17 +21.43% $29.7M 1.1M
ENR Encounter Resources Ltd 0.11 +20.88% $30.9M 8.2k
AGS Alliance Resources Ltd 0.12 +20.00% $18.5M 158.2k
ICT iCollege Ltd 0.04 +20.00% $22.1M 562.0k
ADO Anteotech Ltd 0.02 +20.00% $27.6M 2.2M
MCA Murray Cod Australia Ltd 0.13 +18.18% $27.6M 881.1k
PGM Platina Resources Ltd 0.02 +17.65% $6.5M 1.9M

 

Yesterday’s losers

Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
MRG Murray River Organics Group Lt 0.012 -52.55% $26.5M 25.0M
ADD Adavale Resources Ltd 0.03 -30.95% $4.6M 975.3k
ADY Admiralty Resources NL 0.005 -28.57% $5.8M 6.1k
DVL DorsaVi Ltd 0.02 -28.57% $3.5M 147.0k
FPL Fremont Petroleum Corp Ltd 0.003 -25.00% $5.0M 750.0k
BOC Bougainville Copper Ltd 0.19 -22.45% $76.2M 226
IGN Ignite Ltd 0.011 -21.43% $985K 584.7k
RFN Reffind Ltd 0.002 -20.00% $2.0M 5.7M
ICN Icon Energy Ltd/Australia 0.01 -20.00% $4.8M 330.0k
VRS Veris Ltd 0.03 -19.05% $12.7M 3.3M
AVC Auctus Alternative Investments 0.17 -19.05% $6.7M 2.5k
NCR NuCoal Resources Ltd 0.009 -18.18% $6.9M 2.8M
E2M E2 Metals Ltd 0.12 -17.24% $11.0M 39.9k
MEY Marenica Energy Ltd 0.05 -16.67% $5.9M 24.3k
BEE Broo Ltd 0.01 -16.67% $7.0M 2.8M
ARQ ARQ Group Ltd 0.13 -16.13% $15.9M 284.1k
NSB NeuroScientific Biopharmaceuticals 0.12 -14.81% $9.0M 7.5k