On Stockhead today, the companies making the early metaverse moves, the inconvenient truth about coal, and the company making hemp edible. As in, tasty.

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

HGL (ASX:HNG) – capital raising
Brainchip (ASX:BRN) – announcement
FBR (ASX:FBR) – capital raising
Serko (ASX:SKO) – capital raising

Monday

Matrix Composites & Engineering (ASX:MCE) – capital raising
Firstwave Cloud Technology (ASX:FCT) – acquisition and capital raising
Wide Open Agriculture (ASX:WOA) – capital raising
IXUP (ASX:IXU) – capital raising

 

MARKETS (updated at 7.30am AEDT)

Gold: $US1,788.65 ($2,487.47) (+0.01%)

Silver: $US23.59 ($32.81) (+0.26%)

Oil (WTI): $US78.08 (-0.40%)

Oil (Brent): $US82.17 (-0.10%)

Coal: $US160.00 (+1.91%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US94.33 (+0.36%)

AUD/USD: $US0.7188 (-0.10%)

Bitcoin: $US58,900.57 ($81,912.79) (+3.64%)

 

WHAT GOT YOU TALKING YESTERDAY?

Plenty of people are bullish on high grade PGE-nickel-copper-gold stock Kingsrose Mining Ltd (ASX:KRM).

 

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YESTERDAY’S BIGGEST SMALL CAP WINNERS

(Stocks highlighted in yellow rose after making announcements during the trading day).

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Biotron (ASX:BIT) surged almost 100% after telling shareholders its oral drug BIT225 was effective against COVID-19 in animals, reducing viral load in the subjects’ lungs and blood.

Parkd (ASX:PKD), a micro-cap stock that builds car parks, unveiled a new Heads of Agreement to build a carpark at the Kewdale Central shopping centre in WA.

Battery tech stock Altech Chemicals (ASX:ATC) is able to produce a series of lithium-ion battery anode materials that have ~30% higher retention capacity compared to conventional LIB anode materials.

EML Payments (ASX:EML) jumped more than 20% after providing an update on its regulatory issues with the Central Bank of Ireland. It says the CBI will now permit it to, whilst staying within the material growth restrictions, sign new customers and add programs through its subsidiary PFS Card Services (Ireland) Limited (PCSIL).

Explorer White Cliff Minerals (ASX:WCN)  raised $912,000 at 1.2c per share – equivalent to the last closing price – to hit the ground running at its soon-to-be acquired lithium and rare earth element (REE) projects.

Popular graphite/battery anode stock Ecograf (ASX:EGR) is in offtake discussions with Korean battery behemoth POSCO.

 

YESTERDAY’S BIGGEST SMALL CAP LOSERS

(Stocks highlighted in yellow fell after making announcements during the trading day).

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Radiopharm Theranostics (ASX:RAD), the latest biotech venture of Paul Hopper, plunged over 30% on its ASX debut.

New Talisman Gold Mines (ASX:NTL) announced the deal to buy the historic Broken Hills mine was now off, as were its plans to spin off its subsidiary Coromandel Gold.