On Stockhead today, the return-to-work stocks primed for when the JobKeeper taps are turned off, why cannabis M&A activity in Australia is only just getting started, and three tips on investing from an eToro stocks maestro.

But first…

 

The day ahead

The All Ordinaries index closed Thursday down 44 points at 7,003 led lower by the banking and mining sectors.

The broad index of Australian shares is still off from its mid-February peak of 7,190 points.

Australian government 10-year bonds were yielding 1.79 per cent Thursday, their highest for two years and acted as a drag on stock market performance.

Traders were talking about the US Federal Reserve’s hint-dropping that interest rates in the US will stay at their near zero level for another two years.

The US central bank is predicting that the US economy will grow by 6.5 per cent this year and by 3.3 per cent next.

 

TRADING HALTS

The following companies are in trading halts and are expected to exit over the next two trading days:

Friday

Medlab Clinical (ASX:MDC) – capital raising
Vital Metals (ASX:VML) – capital raising
Paladin Energy (ASX:PDN) – capital raising
Jaxsta (ASX:JXT) – capital raising
Calix (ASX:CXL) – capital raising

Monday 

Spacetalk (ASX:SPA) – customer contract
Galan Lithium (ASX:GLN) – laboratory test results
HGL (ASX:HNG) – capital raising
Pure Hydrogen (ASX:PH2) – capital raising
Great Northern Minerals (ASX:GNM) – capital raising
Manhattan Corporation (ASX:MHC) – capital raising
Queensland Pacific Metals (ASX:QPM) – capital raising
Euro Manganese (ASX:EMN)spirit  – capital raising

 

 

MARKETS

Gold: $US1,734.42 ($2,234.93) (-0.57%)

Silver: $US26.00 ($33.50) (-1.27%)

Oil (WTI): $US60.04 (-7.06%)

Oil (Brent): $US63.29 (-6.93%)

Coal: $US88.00 (+1.18%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US168.21 (-0.03%)

AUD/USD: $US0.7761 (-0.43%)

Bitcoin: $US57,897.61 (+0.35%)

 

What got you talking yesterday

Stockhead readers were intrigued by Nick Sundich’s article on how medicinal cannabis products can help patients to recover from the lingering aspects of COVID-19.

Rise and Shine

Readers also enjoyed reading about the latest price movements in gold and silver and the role played in the precious metals markets by bond yields and economic stimulus packages.

Rise and Shine

 

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Yesterday’s winners

Stocks highlighted in yellow made market moving announcements

 

Yesterday’s losers

Stocks highlighted in yellow made market moving announcements