On Stockhead today, S2 Resources’ Mark Bennett tells us the secret to finding big deposits, why Australia won’t get knocked off by a “lithium cartel”, and coal is… killing it in 2019.

But first, here’s what you need to know about the day ahead.

 

The day ahead in data

Not a great deal today. The Australian Bureau of Statistics is dropping data on building permits.

The US Federal Reserve maintained an easy bias toward interest rates and there were some strong jobs numbers, but a slowdown in manufacturing activity.

At home May started positively, with momentum propelled by the banks, including ANZ rallying 2.8 per cent on expectations beating half year numbers.

 

Company news

No companies have shares coming out of escrow today.

The following nine companies are due out of a trading halt in the next two business days:

Friday:

  • Tando Resources (ASX:TNO) – scoping study
  • GBM Resources (ASX:GBZ) – capital raising
  • Kingston Resources (ASX:KSN)  – capital raising
  • Wattle Health (ASX:WHA) – proposed acquisition update
  • Peninsula Mines (ASX:PSM) –  capital raising
  • Emu (ASX:EMU) – capital raising

Monday:

  • Magnetite Mines (ASX:MGT) – capital raising
  • Alto Metals (ASX:AME) – capital raising
  • Fenix Resources (ASX:FEX) – potential transport joint venture

 

Commodities

Gold: $US1271.77 ($1,817.10) -0.44%

Silver: $US14.62 -0.31%

Oil (Brent): $US70.46 -2.45%

Oil (WTI): $US61.58 -3.10%

Coal: $US88.35 +0.63%

Iron ore 62pc fe: $US93.65 +0.44%

AUD/USD: $US0.6999
 

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What got you talking yesterday

A story on ASX small caps that have gained 100 per cent or more since the start of the year was generating chat on the Stockhead Facebook chat forum.

Member Fidz Fidz: “Resource stocks aren’t going anywhere. Copper, nickel, cobalt my 3 picks for next movers.”

These were the five most-discussed stocks on trading gossip forum HotCopper at close on Thursday:

 

Yesterday’s winners

All the talk was about Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR), which was the subject of a mega $776 million takeover offer from Wesfarmers (ASX:WES). Kidman was worth about $522 million prior the announcement and had more than $200 million added to its market cap before lunch. Not too bad.

Wesfarmers, which most people know as the owner of Bunnings, Officeworks, Kmart, Target and formerly Coles, is after Kidman because of its 50 per cent holding of the Mt Holland lithium project in Western Australia, which needs about $600 million to get up and running in 2022.

Kidman is in favour of the bid. Its shares rose 45 per cent to $1.87 at close.

Microcap Quantify Technology (ASX:QFY) had a 50 per cent jump in shares to 0.9c on news it had appointed Taiwanese manufacturer CASwell to manufacture the company’s IoT product suite for both domestic and international markets.

The initial production run commences now, with first items expected to be delivered to Australia in July 2019.

Talga Resources (ASX:TLG) rebounded 20 per cent to 63c at lunch, after falling 27 per cent to 52c at close yesterday on the back of its quarterly report.

Managing director Mark Thompson described it as “another highly successful quarter”, so perhaps shareholders overreacted.

ASX codeCompany namePrice% ChgMarket capVolume
DHRDark Horse Resources Ltd0.00650%$11,900,0001.3M
VPRVolt Power Group Ltd0.00250%$12,400,000205.1k
QFYQuantify Technology Holdings L0.00950%$8,800,00020.8M
KDRKidman Resources Ltd1.8745%$757,000,00033.9M
MAUMagnetic Resources NL0.0836%$61,100,0001.0k
OEXOilex Ltd0.00433%$10,300,00091.0k
POHPhosphagenics Ltd0.00433%$6,300,0002.0M
PWNParkway Minerals NL0.00433%$2,400,0002.0M
AERAeeris Ltd0.1233%$6,800,000120.4k
GPRGeopacific Resources Ltd0.0231%$44,100,000374.0k
TBHBetmakers Holdings Ltd/The0.0630%$12,800,000256.1k
DDTDataDot Technology Ltd0.00929%$7,300,0004.0M
NGYNuEnergy Gas Ltd0.01427%$20,700,000205.8k
DW8Digital Wine Ventures Ltd0.00525%$3,900,0002.5M
GTEGreat Western Exploration Ltd0.00525%$4,800,0001.0M
TYXTyranna Resources Ltd0.00525%$4,700,0001.8M
AMBAmbition Group Ltd0.0823%$5,100,000200.0k
OSLOncoSil Medical Ltd0.0621%$39,700,0005.9M
TLGTalga Resources Ltd0.6320%$136,700,000693.9k

 

Yesterday’s losers

Dome Gold Mines (ASX:DME) had a 36 per cent fall, to 15c, though it had no news out.

Apollo Tourism & Leisure (ASX:ATL) shares were slashed by 25 per cent, to 64c, after telling investors its profit for the 2019 financial year would be 27 per cent lower than it forecast when it released its half-year results back in February.

At the time, Apollo said FY19 profit could be as high as $24 million, but now it says the maximum will be $19.5 million, which is only a sliver more than the $19.2 million it made in FY18.

ASX codeCompany namePrice% ChgMarket CapVolume
ADDAdavale Resources Ltd0.002-80%$222,0001.0k
ADVArdiden Ltd0.002-50%$3,400,0004.9M
TOMTomizone Ltd0.004-43%$1,700,000165.0k
DMEDome Gold Mines Ltd0.15-36%$41,100,00057.3k
T3D333D Ltd0.001-33%$881,0003.0M
IBNIbuynew Group Ltd0.03-33%$697,00085.4k
ATLApollo Tourism & Leisure Ltd0.64-25%$120,100,0002.2M
SROShareroot Ltd0.002-25%$2,400,00014.8M
ROGRed Sky Energy Ltd0.003-25%$3,300,0008.0k
PCHProperty Connect Holdings Ltd0.003-25%$2,100,000206.7k
CFECape Lambert Resources Ltd0.012-25%$12,200,0001.1M
CA8CoAssets Ltd0.11-21%$22,600,00018.4k
HAVHavilah Resources Ltd0.18-20%$39,300,000653.9k
UTRUltracharge Ltd0.004-20%$3,800,0001.7M
PCLPancontinental Oil & Gas NL0.002-20%$10,800,0002.8M
IP1Integrated Payment Technologie0.02-20%$4,200,000300.0k
AMIAurelia Metals Ltd0.61-19%$525,100,00033.7M
LNYLaneway Resources Ltd0.009-18%$33,100,00041.9M
MTCMetalsTech Ltd0.014-18%$1,600,000919.2k

 
That’s all you need to know. Happy Friday.