On Stockhead today … your ultimate guide to ASX nickel producers (and near term producers), the plans for a ‘Hydrogen City’ in Texas, and World War Hack: Open-source espionage, global cyber-militia descend on Russia.

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 0.8%.

The minutes of the March meeting of the Reserve Bank of Australia will be released at 11.30am AEDT after it decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at a record low 0.1% a fortnight ago.

 

TRADING HALTS

The following companies are in Trading Halts and are expected out in the coming days.

Brightstar Resources (ASX:BTR)pending capital raise

Grand Gulf Energy (ASX:GGE) – significant commercial agreement

Helix Resources (ASX:HLX) – material capital raising

Renergen (ASX:RLT) – investment by a strategic global partner

Melbana Energy (ASX:MAY) – equity placement

AustChina Holdings (ASX:AUH) – capital raising

 

MARKETS (updated at 7.45am AEDT)

Gold: $US1,950.48 (-1.75%)

Silver: $US25.02 (-3.03%)

Oil (WTI): $US102.25 (-6.48%)

Oil (Brent): $US105.78 (-6.12%)

Aust Coking Coal (steelmaking): $US635.00/t (+0.0%)

Thermal Coal (Newcastle): US$368.65/t (-1.3%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US150.11 (-3.38%)

AUD/USD: $US0.7192 (-1%)

Bitcoin: $US38,737  (+2.40%)

 

WHAT GOT YOU TALKING YESTERDAY?

Battery metals got Stockhead all hot and bothered.

And uranium stocks came back down to earth after last week’s bull run.

 

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YESTERDAY’S BIGGEST SMALL CAP WINNERS

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Global Lithium Resources (ASX:GL1) has ridden its well-timed listing last year into a 500%+ gain since hitting the ASX boards.

It charged even further yesterday on news iron ore and lithium miner MinRes (ASX:MIN) subscribed for a 5% stake as part of a ~$30 million capital raising.

As Canberra pumps cash into the war machine, we’re keeping our eyes peeled on defence stocks and Orbital Corp (ASX:ORB) is among them.

The Perth-based manufacturer of advanced spark ignition propulsion systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s or drones), is on the move – climbing yesterday into double digits.

 

YESTERDAY’S BIGGEST SMALL CAP LOSERS

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Uranium stocks were hammered despite prices remaining near decade highs, with Paladin Energy (ASX:PDN) tripping 8%.

After jumping about 18% on Thursday, Live Tiles (ASX:TLV), the digital workplace software that brings the TLV into volatility slid 13% in Monday trade.  Citi analysts revved the market with some upbeat talk on the firm’s ARR growth, expecting it to pick-up as churn events come to an end.