Rise and Shine: What you need to know before the ASX opens
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But first, here’s what you need to know before markets open.
Australia’s trade balance figures for April are out at 11:30am AEST. Markets are forecasting a new record-high trade surplus of $5 billion, boosted by surging exports for iron ore and LNG.
Key data and events on global markets will be highlighted by the European Central Bank’s policy announcement, where the ECB will provide an update on its outlook for the Eurozone economy.
The following 15 companies are expected to come out of a trading halt or voluntary suspension in the next 48 hours:
Arc Exploration (ASX: ARX) – capital raising
Lake Resources (ASX: LKE) – capital raising
Peel Mining (ASX: PEX) – capital raising
Cazaly Resources (ASX: CAZ) – potential project sale
Emerge Gaming (ASX: EM1) – launch of ArcadeX Platform
Hexagon Resources (ASX: HXG) – Joint Venture
LatAM Autos (ASX: LAA) – capital raising
Venus Metals Corp (ASX: VMC) – potential sale of interest in iron ore project.
E2 Metals (ASX: E2M) – capital raising
Big Star Energy (ASX: BNL) – capital raising
Pacific Bauxite (ASX: PBX) – board changes
Audinate Group (ASX: AD8) – capital raising
Highfield Resources (ASX: HFR) – status of environmental permit
Machahon Holdings (ASX: MAH) – material contract negotiation
Salt Lake Potash (ASX: SO4) – capital raising.
Gold: $US1331.01 ($1,909.87) +0.41%
Silver: $US14.83 -0.03%
Oil (Brent): $US60.57 -2.23%
Oil (WTI): $US51.61 -3.27%
Coal: $US74.25 -1.76%
Iron ore 62pc fe: $US98.39 +2.19%
These were the five most-discussed stocks on trading gossip forum HotCopper at close on Wednesday:
— HotCopper (@HotCopper) June 5, 2019
Minerals explorer Athena Resources (ASX: AHN), which holds assets including the Byro iron ore project in WA, was the market leader with an intra-day gain of 69.2 per cent on no news.
Also posting a gain of more than 60 per cent was Neurotech (ASX: NTI), which rose sharply after announcing the pilot launch of a virtual clinic for remote monitoring of Mente patients — a treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Leading the laggards was Dacian Gold (ASX: DCN), which fell by 67.51 per cent after June quarter production guidance at its Mt Morgan project was revised down to 36,000-38,000 ounces, from previous guidance of 50,000-55,000.