On Stockhead today, why energy and gold are the markets to play right now, the tree-free future of fashion, and who’s got a slice of a $32bn tech opportunity?

But first…the day ahead.

Local shares are set to open lower today. At 7.45am AEDT, the ASX 200 March futures is pointing down by 0.36%.

TRADING HALTS

The following companies went into trading halts on Monday and are expected out within the next few days:

Tower Ltd (ASX:TWR) — Capital return to shareholders
Pioneer Credit (ASX:PNC) — Share placement
Calidus Resources (ASX:CAI) — Lithium exploration results

MARKETS (updated at 7.45am AEDT)

Gold: $US1,997.07 (+1.34%)

Silver: $US25.55 (-0.43%)

Oil (WTI): $US120.22 (+3.52%)

Oil (Brent): $US123.59 (+4.64%)

Coal: $US418.75 (+0.00%)

Aust Coking Coal (steelmaking): $435.70/t (0.00%)

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

Iron 62pc Fe: $US158.82 (+4.29%)

AUD/USD: $US0.7316 (-0.73%)

Bitcoin: $US37,545.40 (-3.32%)

WHAT GOT YOU TALKING YESTERDAY?

Mainly, commodities.

Oil surged again, gold stocks caught a bid and a number of coal stocks also rose as the Russia-Ukraine conflict wreaks havoc on spot commodity prices.

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YESTERDAY’S BIGGEST WINNERS

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

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nvestors were pumped about Stanmore Resources (ASX:SMR), which managed to sell its full quota of shares in connection with the US$1.2bn acquisition of BHP’s Queensland coal prices.

And out of a trading halt is Structural Monitoring Systems (ASX:SMN), which only got its spurs back to the ASX on February 25 and has ripped higher on some key regulatory news from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“This approval marks an extraordinary milestone in aviation history, the first-ever in the world regulatory agency approved sensor technology validated and certified for detecting critical structural cracks on aircraft,” SMN said

YESTERDAY’S BIGGEST LOSERS

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

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Code Company Price % Volume