On Stockhead today, would Elon Musk actually avoid Indonesian nickel, there’s no avoiding today’s inflation read, and Guy Le Page has gone all mystic on us.

But first … the day ahead.

Local shares are set to open lower today. At 8.30am AEDT, the ASX 200 August futures is pointing up by 0.40%.

Listing at 11am AEST is Sierra Rutile Holdings (ASX:SRX), a multi-mine mineral sands operation straddling the Bonthe and Moyamba districts in southern Sierra Leone. Here’s Josh Chiat’s rundown on all you need to know about why this could be a smokie.

 

TRADING HALTS

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

 

Rimfire Pacific Mining (ASX:RIM) – pending an update around the release of funds from Golden Plains Resources around the Fifield project earn in.

Gondolphin Resources (ASX:GRL) – capital raising pending.

Blue Energy (ASX:BLU) – capital raising pending.

De.mem (ASX:DEM) – another one raising capital.

 

MARKETS

Gold: $US1,715.67 (-0.04%)

Silver: $US18.70 (+1.43%)

Nickel (3mth): $US21,740/t (-2.20%)

Copper (3mth): $US7,545/t (+0.88%)

Lithium Carbonate, China (Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, June 30): $US69,750/t (0.0% weekly)

Lithium Hydroxide, China (Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, June 30): $US70,875/t (0.0% weekly)

Oil (WTI): $US95.80 (-1.09%)

Oil (Brent): $US104.87 (-0.34%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US106.01 (+0.56%)

AUD/USD: 0.6949 (+0.15%)

Bitcoin: $US21,127  (-2.78%)

 

WHAT GOT YOU TALKING YESTERDAY?

Avocados as far as the eye can see:

 

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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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First up was Security Matters (ASX:SMX) who officially entered into a business combination agreement and accompanying scheme implementation deed with the Nasdaq-listed Lionheart III Corp (NASDAQ:LION).

The new arrangement will see SMX list on the Nasdaq via a newly-formed Irish company (to be named SMX Ireland!), with existing SMX shareholders set to receive consideration via a scheme of arrangement consisting of an aggregate of 20,000,000 ordinary shares of SMX Ireland.

Following in the footsteps of Zip Co (ASX:ZIP) and former bride to be Sezzle (ASX:SZL), a whole flotilla of forlorn buy now, pay later companies were doing pretty well on Tuesday.

Sezzle was up HEAPS. Zip Co  about 20% (after reporting a June qtr 27% increase in revenue and a pretty fab lift in customer numbers to 12 million. They’re pulling out of some ill-advised foreign adventures too.) Also, Splitit (ASX:SPT) was up 16% and Humm (ASX:HUM) almost 4%.

In the world of resources, Polymetals Resources (ASX:POL) was killing it on zero news – and low volumes – a phenomenon, Gregor noted, we’ve seen quite a bit of lately, and which is no doubt causing consternation among certain elements of the ASX regulators.

Semiconductor processing equipment firm Revasum (ASX:RVS) was up on the news Scott Jewler is the new president and CEO.

Dart Mining (ASX:DTM) was up strongly after entering into an earn-in with SQM Australia’s wholly-owned subsidiary Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile, giving SQM the right (but not the obligation) to sole fund exploration worth $12 million over the next six years at the Dorchap Lithium Project.

 

YESTERDAY’S BIGGEST SMALL CAP LOSERS

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

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Nitro Software (ASX:NTO), was bleeding out after investors were miffed it failed to hit previous guidance – despite lifting year on year annual recurring revenue (ARR) of US$57 million to US$60 million, that’s yYoY growth of as much as 30%.

But, it still wasn’t the ARR promised –  which was US$64m to US$68m. That’s YoY targeted growth of as high as 47%.