Coming up on Stockhead today, Rio confirms its massive Winu find, who became a substantial shareholder this week and we “check up” on health stocks. Ha.

But first, here’s what you need to know right now:

 

The week ahead in data

Today Bloomberg releases its January Australian economic survey, while the Reserve Bank of Australia releases data on private capital expenditure and private sector credit figures.

 

Company news

Three companies are set to come out of trading halts today. Ausgold (ASX:AUC) and New Age Exploration (ASX:NAE) will have details of capital raises and amaysim (ASX:AYS) is updating investors on the institutional portion of an entitlement offer.

Around 168 million shares will be released from escrow today, from five companies: Credible Labs (ASX:CRD), Digital Wine Ventures (ASX:DW8), engage:BDR (ASX:EN1), PINCHme.com (ASX:PIN) and Rafaella Resources (ASX:RFR). Click here to view how many each.

 

Commodities

Gold: $US1321.56 ($1851.43) -0.72%

Silver: $US15.69 -1.34%

Oil (Brent): $US66.41 +1.78%

Oil (WTI): $US57.07 +2.70%

Coal: $US94.90 +1.17%

Iron ore 62% fe: $US87.70 -0.27%

AUD/USD: $US0.7138

 

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What got you talking yesterday

Generating interest over on the Stockhead small cap Facebook forum yesterday was something on the more boring side: computer chips.

“Join us in the wild world of… semiconductors,” wrote senior journalist Rachel Williamson. “You may not be fascinated by chips, but you will be fascinated by the things they can make possible, and that’s what we’re talking about here.”

It’s actually not boring at all. Check out our video on ASX semiconductor stocks to watch here.

These were the most-discussed stocks at close on stock gossip forum HotCopper:

Fluence Corp (ASX:FLC) finally revealed that Ivory Coast is the African country it’s been talking to for 18 months about a €165 million ($261m) water treatment plant for its largest city, Abidjan.

 

 

Yesterday’s winners

iBuyNew Group (ASX:IBN) could be in for a please explain from the ASX with some wild trading yesterday. It was the biggest winner with a 76 per cent rise to 9c on no news, this coming after an 80 per cent drop to 5c earlier this week, also on no news.

Ruralco Holdings (ASX:RHL) came out of a trading halt yesterday afternoon to announce Nutrien would acquire it in full for $4.40 a share, which pushed RHL shares up 45 per cent to $4.44.

And OpenDNA (ASX:OPN) shares rose 30 per cent to 6c after it signed a deal with Better Nature to lead its market entry into China and to drive online sales.

ASX codeCompany namePrice% changeMarket capVolume
IBN Ibuynew Group Ltd0.0976%$2,000,000117.4k
EGY Energy Technologies Ltd0.2575%$14,000,000287k
AKN Auking Mining Ltd0.001550%$1,400,000500.0k
MRD Mount Ridley Mines Ltd0.001550%$3,500,0002.2M
RHL Ruralco Holdings Ltd4.4445%$466,400,0003.9M
WOA Wide Open Agriculture Ltd0.1735%$12,400,00061.2k
ARO Astro Resources NL0.00433%$5,100,000100.9k
CLZ Classic Minerals Ltd0.00233%$5,400,0001.7M
MSR Manas Resources Ltd0.00433%$10,600,000171.5k
ATP Atlas Pearls Ltd0.01731%$7,300,000109.9k
OPN OpenDNA Ltd0.0630%$12,000,0006.7M
ATU Atrum Coal Ltd0.1928%$63,100,0002.8M
FPL Fremont Petroleum Corp Ltd0.00825%$9,200,0009.9M
ANL Amani Gold Ltd0.002525%$5,500,0005.0M
BLY Boart Longyear Ltd0.00525%$131,500,00046.3M
SMI Santana Minerals Ltd0.00525%$2,800,0001.0M
SPZ Smart Parking Ltd0.1423%$48,500,0002.1M
ENT Enterprise Metals Ltd0.01122%$4,300,00050.0k
FXL FlexiGroup Ltd/Australia1.5921%$595,100,0007.5M

 

Yesterday’s losers

Australis Oil & Gas (ASX:ATS) was among the day’s biggest losers, falling 25 per cent to 27c. It was a busy day for Australis, which released its annual report, a drilling update and share placement update.

ASX codeCompany nameLast price% changeMarket capVolume
TLM Talisman Mining Ltd0.095-59%$17,600,0004.8M
VAR Variscan Mines Ltd0.001-50%$1,300,00093.8k
UNL United Networks Ltd0.012-37%$1,500,00040.5k
FGO Flamingo AI Ltd0.007-36%$7,800,00031.7M
TOM Tomizone Ltd0.007-30%$3,000,000565.0k
ATS Australis Oil & Gas Ltd0.27-25%$242,000,00012.4M
CGS Cogstate Ltd0.36-24%$42,900,000315.3k
CAJ Capitol Health Ltd0.18-23%$141,400,00044.7M
RMG RMG Ltd0.01-21%$6,600,00010.8k
PSZ PS&C Ltd0.09-21%$22,800,000775.2k
INK Indago Energy Ltd0.04-20%$8,500,000886.7k
SF1 STEMify Ltd0.004-20%$2,200,000252.3k
QGL Quantum Graphite Ltd0.002-20%$15,000,000633.0k
KGM KalNorth Gold Mines Ltd0.004-20%$3,600,00080.0k
CIO Connected IO Ltd0.002-20%$3,600,0007.9M
BUY Bounty Oil & Gas NL0.004-20%$3,800,000180.0k
MLX Metals X Ltd0.29-19%$203,300,00040.2M
ICU iSentric Ltd0.02-19%$3,100,000942.2k
TNY Tinybeans Group Pty Ltd0.26-19%$8,600,0003.0k

 

That’s all you need to know. Hop to it!