On Stockhead today, VR’s breakout year is ‘only the beginning’, Alex Waislitz wades into diarrhoea battle, and playing nice pays for payments companies.

But first…

The day ahead

Amid a big week in politics, there are also two monetary policy announcements on the calendar later tonight.

The Bank of England will be followed by the US Federal Reserve, which is “likely to focus on risks instead of the rebound to date”, Westpac says.

On the US election front, Joe Biden is now the favourite to win the presidency as votes are tallied in key battleground states.

US stocks shrugged off the political uncertainty to rise sharply overnight, and ASX200 futures are pointing higher to start the day.

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

Thursday: 

Iron Road (ASX:IRD) – capital raising
Incannex Healthcare (ASX:IHL) – ARDS animal trial results
Recce Pharmaceuticals (ASX:RCE) – anti-viral testing results
Ionic Rare Earths (ASX:IXR) – drilling results
Santana Minerals (ASX:SMI) – capital raising

Friday:

IXUP (ASX:IXU) – capital raising
Lucapa Diamond (ASX:LOM) – capital raising
Red Sky Energy (ASX:ROG) – capital raising
Scout Security (ASX:SCT) – capital raising
MedAdvisor (ASX:MDR) – capital raising

Markets

Gold: $US1,897.96 ($2,641.82) (-0.55%)

Silver: $US23.89 ($33.25) (-1.12%)

Oil (WTI): $US39.04 (+3.69%)

Oil (Brent): $US41.12 (+3.55%)

Coal: $US61.45 (-0.16%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US116.84 (+0.32%)

AUD/USD: $US0.7182 (+0.25%)

Bitcoin: $US14,115.61 (+2.41%)

What got you talking yesterday

Readers took an interest in our latest deep dive on the BNPL space, where we spoke with two professional investors who had early involvement with Afterpay (ASX:APT).

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Also, be sure to check in at 10.15am each day for our daily 10 at 10 column — a summary of the top winners & losers at the ASX opening using live data.

Yesterday’s winners

Stocks highlighted in yellow made market moving announcements
Code Company Price % Volume
CLZ Classic Min Ltd 0.002 100 13,853,749
BAS Bass Oil Ltd 0.0015 50 1,499,999
SBR Sabre Resources 0.01 43 61,468,958
MX1 Micro-X Limited 0.26 41 6,386,425
AVE Avecho Biotech Ltd 0.014 40 13,502,472
MCM Mc Mining Ltd 0.135 35 33,437
KSS Kleos 0.88 34 4,574,327
4CE Force Com Ltd 0.016 33 34,776,338
QFY Quantify Tech Ltd 0.002 33 1,450,000
XPE Xped Limited 0.002 33 2,762,526
ARN Aldoro Resources 0.16 28 5,970,571
TSO Tesoro Resources Ltd 0.37 28 21,151,680
IQ3 Iq3Corp Limited 0.25 25 10,000
IEC Intra Energy Corp 0.01 25 1,157,653
ARR American Rare Earths 0.115 21 6,619,965
BSM Bass Metals Ltd 0.003 20 3,807,525
CYQ Cycliq Group Ltd 0.003 20 2,101,972
EMT Emetals Limited 0.024 20 2,165,292

Yesterday’s losers

Code Company Price % Volume
YPB YPB Group Ltd 0.002 -33 5,740,000
ESR Estrella Res Ltd 0.135 -27 68,651,068
CCE Carnegie Cln Energy 0.0015 -25 12,816,802
MLS Metals Australia 0.0015 -25 1,000,000
NPM Newpeak Metals 0.003 -25 1,513,504
OEX Oilex Ltd 0.0015 -25 11,300,000
ARO Astro Resources NL 0.004 -20 17,217,049
RFN Reffind Limited 0.0025 -17 2,515,000
AQI Alicanto Min Ltd 0.135 -16 512,857
ECG Ecargo Hldg 0.018 -14 1,598
ASP Aspermont Limited 0.006 -14 3,899
HNR Hannans Ltd 0.006 -14 11,227
RNX Renegade Exploration 0.006 -14 1,700,000
HSC HSC Technology Group 0.013 -13 13,601,848
NVU Nanoveu Limited 0.052 -13 162,419
PPH Pushpay Holdings Ltd 7.63 -13 2,950,611
PSL Paterson Resources 0.0035 -13 3,444,358
SRN Surefire Rescs NL 0.028 -13 15,350,110
KNM Kneomedia Limited 0.021 -13 443,943
PAB Patrys Limited 0.021 -13 4,189,325