On Stockhead today, February’s best small caps, February’s best BNPLs and February’s best cryptos. Also, can ETFs protect your portfolio in times of war?

But first … the day ahead.

Local shares are set to open lower today. At 8am AEDT, the ASX 200 March futures is pointing down by 0.79%.

TRADING HALTS

The following companies went into trading halts yesterday and are expected out in the next few days:

Oar Resources (ASX:OAR) – pending capital raise

 

MARKETS (updated at 8am AEDT)

Gold: $US1,947.55 (+2.05%)

Silver: $US25.50 (+4.43%)

Oil (WTI): $US104.78 (+9.48%)

Oil (Brent): $US106.18 (+8.35%)

Coal: $US301 (+9.65%)

Aust Coking Coal (steelmaking): $445.0/t (-0.3%)

Newcastle Coal (thermal): $197/t (0.00%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US143.45 (+1.03%)

AUD/USD: $US0.7260 (-0.04%)

Bitcoin: $US44.043 (+5.79%)

 

WHAT GOT YOU TALKING YESTERDAY?

Stuff about drones and war got you talking.

And our weekly chat with James Whelan picked up some love, even if a bit of it was from the great man himself.

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Also, be sure to check in at 10.20am each day for our daily ‘10 at 10’ column — a live summary of winners & losers at the opening bell.

 

YESTERDAY’S BIGGEST WINNERS

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

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AVITA Medical (ASX:AVH) outperformed on Tuesday following the release of a cracker annual report and some welcome forward guidance.

The clinical stage regenerative-med firm offered stakeholders some meaty full year revenue forecasts of circa $30m – a 20% increase year-on-year.

Shares in AVH jumped sharply in February after it announced FDA approval of the premarket approval application supplement for its RECELL autologous cell harvesting device.

And over in Québec, amid surging global demand, the emerging Aussie lithium play Sayona Mining (ASX:SYA) has doubled its resource base across two flagship projects – the North American Lithium and Authier Lithium projects in French-speaking Canada.

 

YESTERDAY’S BIGGEST LOSERS

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

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Buru Energy (ASX:BRU) has shuttered a promising gas flow testing program at the approach of Cyclone Anika near WA’s Canning Basin. The company says all crew have been demobilised and are accounted for. Shares are down 10%.