On Stockhead today, everything you need to know about franking credits, 5 questions to ask before plunging into lithium, and a fireside chat with Chalice CEO Alex Dorsch.

But first … the day ahead.

 

TRADING HALTS

The following companies are in trading halts and are expected out in the next two trading days:

Friday
Lumos Diagnostics (ASX:LDX) – announcement clarification
Structural Monitoring Systems (ASX:SMN) – capital raising
Metal Hawk (ASX:MHK) – capital raising
Regal Investment Fund (ASX:RF1) – capital raising

Monday
Seafarms Group (ASX:SFG) – project cost update
Alchemy Resources (ASX:ALY) – capital raising
Vanadium Resources (ASX:VR8) – capital raising
New Talisman Gold Mines (ASX:NTL) – rights issue update

MARKETS

Gold: $US1,755.88 ($2,400.96) (-0.37%)

Silver: $US22.60 ($30.90) (+0.00%)

Oil (WTI): $US78.85 (+1.83%)

Oil (Brent): $US82.46 (+1.70%)

Coal: $US230.00 (-4.96%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US118.10 (+0.36%)

AUD/USD: $US0.7314 (+0.61%)

Bitcoin: $US53,955.00 ($73,777.04) (-2.22%)

 

WHAT GOT YOU TALKING YESTERDAY?

Iron ore magnate Gina Rinehart has said humans do not cause global warming and warned against climate change “propaganda” in a speech to students at her old school.

“Please be very careful about information spread on an emotional basis, or tied to money, or egos or power-seekers,” said Australia’s richest woman.

 

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YESTERDAY’S WINNERS

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Product authentication company YPB Group (ASX:YPB) secured a commercial trial in the south-east Asian market for MotifMicro1 (MM1) — its anti-counterfeit solution that can be read by a smartphone.

The client, Holographic Label Sdn. Bhd. “has been in the security printing industry for over 20 years”, YPB said.

The agreement “provides a framework for HLSB to order MM1 from YPB, pursuant to purchase orders. HLSB placed its first order for US$4,000 of MM1”, YPB said.

In resources, Sunstone Metals (ASX:STM) held its gains from morning trade after announcing a big copper-gold hit at its ‘El Palmar’ project in Ecuador.

Also rising strongly was tech company Prophecy International Holdings Ltd (ASX:PRO), which landed a $5.518m contract with the NYSE-listed health insurance giant Humana Inc.

The deal is for the deployment of eMite — PRO’s SaaS-based call centre analytics platform. Annual recurring revenues from eMite will now exceed $10m, Prophecy said.

 

YESTERDAY’S LOSERS

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Diversified resources play Intra Energy (ASX:IEC) dipped more than 15%, following two days of solid gains which prompted a speeding ticket from the ASX.

In response, IEC said it wasn’t aware of any information that would prompt the gains, which saw it rise by 10% and 18.18% on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.