On Stockhead today, Guy Le Page ponders stagflation, Bitcoin ETFs and a Mali gold play, is mining getting it right for women, and investing in Japanese shares.

But first, the day ahead.

 

TRADING HALTS

Thursday

Centrex Metals (ASX:CXM) – capital raising
BIR Financial (ASX:BIR) – corporate transaction
Gold Road Resources (ASX:GOR) – ore reserve increase
Toys’R’Us (ASX:TOY) – new contract
Auroch Minerals (ASX:AOU) – capital raising
West African Resources (ASX:WAF) – acquisition and capital raising

Friday

Bioxyne (ASX:BXN) – potential acquisition
Vulcan (ASX:VUL) – short seller response
Mighty Craft (ASX:MCL) – capital raising
Gascoyne Resources (ASX:GCY) – takeover offer update
ECS Botanics (ASX:ECS) – capital raising
Sky Metals (ASX:SKY) – capital raising
Pacific Nickel Mines (ASX:PNM) – capital raising
Prospect Resources (ASX:PSC) – capital raising
Korab Resources (ASX:KOR) – capital raising

 

MARKETS (updated daily at 7.30am)

Gold: US$1,797.23 ($2,390.74) (+0.26%)

Silver: US$24.08 ($32.03) (-0.24%)

Oil (WTI): US$82.10 (-3.01%)

Oil (Brent): US$84.12 (-2.65%)

Coal: US$223.35 (-1.17%)

Iron 62pe Fe: US$122.36 (-0.09%)

AUD/USD: US$0.7518 (+0.25%)

Bitcoin: US$58,922.17 ($78,380.51) (-5.26%)

 

WHAT GOT YOU TALKING YESTERDAY?

Market chatter was abuzz with the news about short seller J Capital’s scathing research note on $1.85 billion lithium rocket Vulcan Energy.

J Capital and its boss Tim Murray have made few dents so far in efforts to take down Aussie tech plays Nearmap (ASX:NEA) and Wisetech (ASX:WTC).

But it was Vulcan’s all-guns-blazing response to the report that drew more ire from investors on the Twittersphere than the contents of the report itself.

Critics accused Vulcan of “playing the man” after focusing more on Murray’s background as a Chinese policy expert and lack of experience in geothermal energy and lithium mining than addressing any of the allegations in the note.

It later entered a trading halt to prepare a more detailed response, due to be delivered by Friday.

Many Vulcan investors will stay fiercely loyal.

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YESTERDAY’S WINNERS

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YPB (ASX:YPB) signed a three-year take-or-pay supply contract that would see it supply anti-counterfeit tech to Shenzhen-based e-durrie company Kingtons.

Sparc Technologies (ASX:SPN) rose after entering into a joint venture to develop green hydrogen technology.

Investment company HGL (ASX:HNG) climbed off the back of its quarterly results.

 

YESTERDAY’S LOSERS

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