On Stockhead today, Australia’s now in the silica sands race, the time The Secret Broker rode the real franking credits wave, and all you need to know about investing in small cap aviation stocks.

But first, here’s what you need to know before markets open.

The day ahead in data

Australia has April housing finance data from the ABS, along with the Ai Group’s construction index for May.

Looking abroad, the main event will be US employment numbers on Friday night. The median forecast is for monthly jobs growth of 190,000, leaving the US unemployment rate at a 50-year low of 3.6 per cent.

Company news

The following companies are expected to come out of a trading halt or voluntary suspension in the next two trading sessions:

Friday:

E2 Metals (ASX: E2M) – capital raising
Big Star Energy (ASX: BNL) – capital raising
Pacific Bauxite (ASX: PBX) – board changes
Machahon Holdings (ASX: MAH) – material contract negotiation

Tuesday:

TNG (ASX: TNG) – capital raising
Benetic Biopharma (ASX: BLT) – contract update
My Fiziq (ASX: MYQ) – commercial partnership
Emerge Gaming (ASX: EM1) – partnership announcement

Commodities

Gold: $US1,332.22 ($1,909.74) +0.39%

Silver: $US14.85 +0.55%

Oil (Brent): $US62.15 +2.72%

Oil (WTI): $US53.07 +2.86%

Coal: $US74.97 +0.97%

Iron ore 62pc fe: $US98.32 -0.07%

AUD/USD: $US0.6976

What got you talking yesterday

Over on the Stockhead Facebook forum, group member Kevin Sharpe got into an interesting discussion with our senior journalist Rachel Williamson about shares coming out of escrow. Read their exchange here.

These were the five most-discussed stocks on trading gossip forum HotCopper at close on Friday:

Yesterday’s winners

Topping the boards yesterday was mining minnow Renegade Exploration (ASX: RNX), which posted a 50 per cent rise to 0.3 cents on no news.

Highfield Resources (ASX: HFR) also performed strongly, after going into a trading halt the previous day before announcing it had received environmental approval from the Spanish government to proceed with its Muga potash project — a development that was around four years in the making.

Among the early movers, Connected IO (ASX: CIO) bolted out of the gate to briefly double after the opening bell, but by the time markets closed it had given up those gains to close flat for the session at two cents per share.

TickerNamePrice ($)% ChgMarket cap
RNXRenegade Exploration Ltd0.00350.00%$2.1M
HFRHighfield Resources Ltd0.9235.29%$303.2M
AAJAruma Resources Ltd0.00433.33%$2.5M
AULAustar Gold Ltd0.00433.33%$13.6M
IAMIntiger Group Ltd0.00433.33%$3.4M
MLSMetals Australia Ltd0.00233.33%$5.9M
SMISantana Minerals Ltd0.00233.33%$2.7M
RANRange International Ltd0.0329.17%$6.2M
SOPSynertec Corp Ltd0.0425.71%$9.7M
SHHShree Minerals Ltd0.07525.00%$4.6M
BLKBlackham Resources Ltd0.0125.00%$31.0M
GBZGBM Resources Ltd0.00525.00%$5.5M
TRLTanga Resources Ltd0.02525.00%$3.2M
JXTJaxsta Ltd0.2920.83%$67.1M
PPKPPK Group Ltd2.6520.45%$215.7M
AHLAHAlife Holdings Ltd0.00620.00%$4.8M
ANWAus Tin Mining Ltd0.01220.00%$25.8M
FNTFrontier Resources Ltd0.01220.00%$5.9M
MRVMoreton Resources Ltd0.00620.00%$18.6M
QFYQuantify Technology Holdings Ltd0.00620.00%$5.9M
TNYTinybeans Group Pty Ltd1.3220.00%$43.6M
AX8Accelerate Resources Ltd0.0420.00%$1.7M

 

Yesterday’s losers

There were no major standout among the laggards yesterday, with the usual round of small-cap minnows losing ground in a low-liquidity trading environment.

TickerCompanyPrice ($)% ChgMarket cap
VPRVolt Power Group Ltd0.001-33.33%$8.2M
GGXGas2Grid Ltd0.002-33.33%$3.5M
DDD3D Resources Ltd0.001-33.33%$1.1M
TMZThomson Resources Ltd0.03-25.71%$2.9M
MDXMindax Ltd0.003-25.00%$2.8M
EQEEquus Mining Ltd0.006-25.00%$5.4M
RDGResource Development Group Ltd0.02-23.81%$10.1M
ARXArc Exploration Ltd0.15-21.05%$3.8M
VICVictory Mines Ltd0.002-20.00%$2.7M
UNLUnited Networks Ltd0.013-18.75%$1.6M
MYQMyFiziq Ltd0.16-17.95%$14.5M
TBLTambla Ltd0.5-16.67%$9.9M
TPDTalon Petroleum Ltd0.0025-16.67%$4.4M
PNXPNX METALS Ltd0.005-16.67%$12.2M
EPMEclipse Uranium Ltd0.0025-16.67%$2.9M
E2EEon NRG Ltd0.005-16.67%$3.8M
ARDArgent Minerals Ltd0.01-16.67%$5.4M
CXUCauldron Energy Ltd0.02-15.00%$5.6M
DCNDacian Gold Ltd0.44-14.56%$99.3M