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 code Company name Price % change Market cap Volume
IBN Ibuynew Group Ltd 0.09 76% $2,000,000 117.4k
EGY Energy Technologies Ltd 0.25 75% $14,000,000 287k
AKN Auking Mining Ltd 0.0015 50% $1,400,000 500.0k
MRD Mount Ridley Mines Ltd 0.0015 50% $3,500,000 2.2M
RHL Ruralco Holdings Ltd 4.44 45% $466,400,000 3.9M
WOA Wide Open Agriculture Ltd 0.17 35% $12,400,000 61.2k
ARO Astro Resources NL 0.004 33% $5,100,000 100.9k
CLZ Classic Minerals Ltd 0.002 33% $5,400,000 1.7M
MSR Manas Resources Ltd 0.004 33% $10,600,000 171.5k
ATP Atlas Pearls Ltd 0.017 31% $7,300,000 109.9k
OPN OpenDNA Ltd 0.06 30% $12,000,000 6.7M
ATU Atrum Coal Ltd 0.19 28% $63,100,000 2.8M
FPL Fremont Petroleum Corp Ltd 0.008 25% $9,200,000 9.9M
ANL Amani Gold Ltd 0.0025 25% $5,500,000 5.0M
BLY Boart Longyear Ltd 0.005 25% $131,500,000 46.3M
SMI Santana Minerals Ltd 0.005 25% $2,800,000 1.0M
SPZ Smart Parking Ltd 0.14 23% $48,500,000 2.1M
ENT Enterprise Metals Ltd 0.011 22% $4,300,000 50.0k
FXL FlexiGroup Ltd/Australia 1.59 21% $595,100,000 7.5M

 

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 code Company name Last price % change Market cap Volume
TLM Talisman Mining Ltd 0.095 -59% $17,600,000 4.8M
VAR Variscan Mines Ltd 0.001 -50% $1,300,000 93.8k
UNL United Networks Ltd 0.012 -37% $1,500,000 40.5k
FGO Flamingo AI Ltd 0.007 -36% $7,800,000 31.7M
TOM Tomizone Ltd 0.007 -30% $3,000,000 565.0k
ATS Australis Oil & Gas Ltd 0.27 -25% $242,000,000 12.4M
CGS Cogstate Ltd 0.36 -24% $42,900,000 315.3k
CAJ Capitol Health Ltd 0.18 -23% $141,400,000 44.7M
RMG RMG Ltd 0.01 -21% $6,600,000 10.8k
PSZ PS&C Ltd 0.09 -21% $22,800,000 775.2k
INK Indago Energy Ltd 0.04 -20% $8,500,000 886.7k
SF1 STEMify Ltd 0.004 -20% $2,200,000 252.3k
QGL Quantum Graphite Ltd 0.002 -20% $15,000,000 633.0k
KGM KalNorth Gold Mines Ltd 0.004 -20% $3,600,000 80.0k
CIO Connected IO Ltd 0.002 -20% $3,600,000 7.9M
BUY Bounty Oil & Gas NL 0.004 -20% $3,800,000 180.0k
MLX Metals X Ltd 0.29 -19% $203,300,000 40.2M
ICU iSentric Ltd 0.02 -19% $3,100,000 942.2k
TNY Tinybeans Group Pty Ltd 0.26 -19% $8,600,000 3.0k

 

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