On Stockhead today, the most in-demand stocks on the ASX right now, the small caps with first-mover advantage on the Nullarbor, and the small cap waging a full frontal war on big bacteria.

But first:

The week ahead

Amid the global re-rating in bond markets, central banks and inflation figures will again take centre stage on the economic calendar.

In Australia, RBA governor Philip Lowe will participate in a panel discussion on Monday morning. Then on Tuesday evening, Michelle Bullock (RBA assistant governor) will give a speech called “Modernising the Australian Payments System” in Berlin.

Later in the week on Friday the RBA will have May figures for private sector credit, including growth in home loans.

Overseas, US Fed Chair Jerome Powell will give a speech on the US economy on Tuesday night. And PCE data for May on Friday night will give an update on the US inflation outlook.

Core PCE inflation is forecast to be soft at just 1.6%, but Westpac says that weakness is “expected to be transitory”.

Then all eyes will on be on the G20 Summit, particularly President Trump’s scheduled meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

The Aussie dollar will start the week at 0.6928 US cents.

Company news

The following companies are scheduled to come out of a trading halt or voluntary suspension over the next 48 hours:

Monday:

FYI Resources (ASX: FYI) – capital raising
Dreadnought Resources (ASX: DRE) – capital raising
Tesserent (ASX: TNT) – capital raising
P2P Transport (ASX: P2P) – trading update
Quantify Technology (ASX: QFY) – capital raising
Avenira (ASX: AEV) – short term funding

Tuesday:

Spectur (ASX: SP3) – capital raising
Alice Queen (ASX: AQX) – capital raising
Comet Resources (ASX: CRL) – capital raising

Markets

Gold: $US1,398.65 ($2,017.82) +0.78%

Silver: $US15.35 -0.45%

Oil (Brent): $US65.20 +1.16%

Oil (WTI): $US57.43 +1.38%

Coal: $US72.12 +2.30%

Iron ore 62pc fe: $US107.54 +0.31%

AUD/USD: $US0.6932 +0.09%

What got you talking last week

There were plenty of interesting developments last week which caught the attention of Stockhead readers.

Nick Sundich took a look at which stocks might be in the firing line for an end-of-financial-year selloff. Rachel Williamson summarised (literally) everything you need to know about the Aussie cannabis industry, and Angie East provided another interesting update (hint: it’s bullish) on the outlook for rare earths.

Check here for a full recap of last week’s biggest Stockhead stories.

These were the five most-discussed stocks on trading gossip forum HotCopper at close on Friday, June 21:

Last week’s winners

Leading the pack was Orion Metals (ASX:ORM), climbing from 0.008 cents to 0.2 cents on the back of a quarterly of and annual report released on Thursday — good enough for a gain of 150 per cent.

And any reader with half an eye on resources would have known that gold stocks had a great session to end the week, after the gold prices in AUD terms pushed above $2,000 for the first time ever.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for June 17-21:

TickerNamePrice last FridayPrice this Friday% changeMarket Cap
ORM ORION METALS LTD0.0080.020150 $9,561,949
AHK ARK MINES LTD0.0070.01386$664,683
LCY LEGACY IRON ORE0.0030.00567 $5,873,056
OKR OKAPI RESOURCES0.1000.16565 $4,464,572
STN SATURN METALS LT0.2150.33556 $20,683,930
CHK COHIBA MINERALS0.0090.01456 $8,639,985
TOM TOMIZONE LTD0.0020.00350 $1,275,602
TMX TERRAIN MINERALS0.0020.00350 $1,931,196
RXH REWARDLE HOLDING0.0040.00650 $3,157,929
RCP REDBANK COPPER L0.0100.01440 $1,637,606
BOT BOTANIX PHARMACE0.1300.18039 $158,491,280
EQE EQUUS MINING LTD0.0080.01138 $9,870,045
POD PODIUM MINERALS0.0670.09237 $8,801,177
DCN DACIAN GOLD LTD0.4400.61037 $133,170,904
RMG RMG LTD0.0110.01536 $9,237,973
BRN BRAINCHIP HOLDIN0.0690.09436 $82,936,848
UWL UNITI WIRELESS L1.3101.76034 $249,222,736
DRE DREADNOUGHT RESO0.0030.00433 $4,437,926
AKN AUKING MINING LT0.0020.00233 $1,398,876
GLV GLOBAL VANADIUM0.0020.00233 $2,829,480
AZI ALTA ZINC LTD0.0030.00433 $7,286,537
ABL ABILENE OIL AND0.0030.00433 $1,590,457
1ST 1ST GROUP LTD0.0490.06533 $21,678,554
MOY MILLENNIUM MINER0.0590.07832 $58,818,312
OKU OKLO RESOURCES L0.1250.16532 $55,002,512
E25 ELEMENT 25 LTD0.1740.23031 $20,679,136
LSH LIFESPOT HEALTH0.0690.09030 $6,981,181
FIN FIN RESOURCES LT0.0100.01330 $3,791,988
BCN BEACON MINERALS0.0200.02630 $62,819,664
MPW MSL SOLUTIONS LT0.1000.13030 $32,479,248
ANR ANATARA LIFESCIE0.2000.26030 $12,600,375
PVL POWERHOUSE VENTU0.0500.06530 $1,905,262

Last week’s losers

The market lost faith that Avenira (ASX:AEV) has funding secured, as the share price slumped 54 per cent last week before hitting a trading halt.

The phosphate miner has been waiting on $11m-14m worth of funding to keep the wheels spinning and hopes to have some news to share this morning.

These were the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for June 17-21:

TickerNamePrice last FridayPrice this Friday% changeMarket Cap
PCL PANCONTINENTAL0.0020.0015-25 $8,110,073.00
GPP GREENPOWER ENERG0.0020.0015-25 $3,886,414.25
MLS METALS AUSTRALIA0.0020.0015-25 $5,854,395.50
SRN SUREFIRE RESOURC0.0040.003-25 $1,509,460.88
SMI SANTANA MINERALS0.0040.003-25 $2,025,598.50
UNL UNITED NETWORKS0.0160.012-25 $1,509,899.38
AVW AVIRA RESOURCES0.0040.003-25 $3,000,000.00
CUX CROSSLAND STRATE0.0080.006-25 $6,069,878.50
RIM RIMFIRE PAC MNG0.0040.003-25 $3,208,854.25
JPR JUPITER ENERGY L0.0150.011-27 $1,687,154.63
IDZ INDOOR SKYDIVING0.0150.011-27 $1,503,661.63
NME NEX METALS EXPLO0.0150.011-27 $2,120,220.75
ADR ADHERIUM LTD0.0360.026-28 $4,342,399.00
GME GME RESOURCES LT0.060.043-28 $21,768,446.00
MQR MARQUEE RESOURCE0.1350.096-29 $4,231,684.00
KKL KOLLAKORN CORP L0.0170.012-29 $2,517,326.25
IBN IBUYNEW GROUP LT0.0260.018-31 $457,663.59
GCR GOLDEN CROSS RES0.0260.018-33 $1,829,200.13
MGT MAGNETITE MINES0.0060.004-33 $3,194,599.25
RNX RENEGADE EXPLORA0.0030.002-33 $1,425,253.25
XST XSTATE RESOURCES0.0030.002-33 $2,280,981.75
AUH AUSTCHINA HOLDIN0.0060.004-33 $4,461,540.00
EER EAST ENERGY RESO0.0030.002-33 $6,401,974.00
FAM FAMILY INSIGHTS0.00150.001-33 $2,500,000.00
SAN SAGALIO ENERGY L0.0030.002-33 $409,320.25
OLV OTHERLEVELS HOLD0.0110.007-36 $2,007,889.75
KTE K2 ENERGY LTD0.0110.007-36 $2,104,600.00
OLH OLDFIELDS HLDGS0.0550.035-36 $2,876,167.00
CLA CELSIUS RESOURCE0.0640.038-41 $28,774,288.00
FRX FLEXIROAM LTD0.0270.016-41 $3,873,335.25
SIV SILVER CHEF LTD0.05950.3-50 $13,940,110.00
PSM PENINSULA MINES0.0040.002-50 $1,985,744.13
AEV AVENIRA LTD0.0130.006-54 $6,351,769.50