On Stockhead today, Bottom Picker’s waiting for APT to crumble, ARK makes a big space ETF play, and battery metals shots that aren’t Tesla-priced.

But first…

 

The day ahead

Friday’s session of Australia’s All Ordinaries Index finished at a whisker under 7,000 points, closing the week at 6,986.80 points, and up 4 points for the day.

Many eyes next week will be on the new US President Joe Biden as he takes his oath of office on January 20 in the federal capital, Washington DC.

Inauguration Day on Wednesday, January 20 will see a changing of the guard, as President Donald Trump leaves office and Biden assumes the US presidency, the 46th.

Singing superstars Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga are tipped to be attending the event in front of the US Capitol building at noon local time.

The markets will no doubt be waiting to hear what Biden has in store in terms of new policies and agendas.

(Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga!)

 

TRADING HALTS

The following companies are in trading halts and are expected to exit over the next two trading days:

 

Monday:

Shekel Brainweigh (ASX:SBW) – capital raising

 

Tuesday:

Energy Technologies (ASX:EGY) – grant news

Anova Metals (ASX:AWV) – exploration results

Lindian Resources (ASX:LIN) – test work results

 

MARKETS

Gold: $US1,827.64 ($2,371.75) (-1.01%)

Silver: $US24.74 ($32.11) (-3.11%)

Oil (WTI): $US52.04 (-2.86%)

Oil (Brent): $US54.81 (-2.84%)

Coal: $US88.00 (-0.85%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $US169.97 (+0.10%)

AUD/USD: $US0.7705 (+0.05%)

Bitcoin: $US35,575.47 (-2.39%)

 

What got you talking Friday

Readers were poring over legendary ASX stocks investor Tolga Kumova’s top picks for 2021 and quite a few of those mentioned in the article did well in Friday ASX trade.

Another famous Australian stock investor, Wilson Asset Management’s eponymous Geoff Wilson also gave his selection of top stocks for the year.

Meanwhile, Brazilian iron ore company Vale suffered another setback in the week when a ship-loader at one of its ports was damaged in a fire.

The impact of the blaze started to show up in prices for the in-demand commodity with prices rising to $US171.50 per tonne.

Vale has been struggling to increase its production to keep up with red-hot demand from China for iron ore cargoes.

 

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Friday’s winners

Stocks highlighted in yellow made market moving announcements
Code Company Price % Volume
BAS Bass Oil Ltd 0.002 100 2492524
CCE Carnegie Cln Energy 0.002 100 16214754
VPR Volt Power Group 0.0035 75 20641033
HWK Hawkstone Mng Ltd 0.018 38 128541167
OEQ Orion Equities 0.175 35 381258
OEL Otto Energy Limited 0.013 30 11471869
VUL Vulcan Energy 6.44 29 4643752
VAL Valor Resources Ltd 0.007 27 86974682
BRL Bathurst Res Ltd. 0.054 26 4703497
LIT Lithium Australia NL 0.099 25 51441549
MBK Metal Bank Ltd 0.015 25 5793613
FPL Fremont Petroleum 0.005 25 23681506
ARR American Rare Earths 0.1 23 10776969
CDX Cardiex Limited 0.09 23 9929500
CYC Cyclopharm Limited 3.1 23 102543
TTB Total Brain Ltd 0.44 22 1086306
REE Rarex Limited 0.14 22 11307945
RNE Renu Energy Ltd 0.063 21 3317536
EGY Energy Tech Ltd 0.145 21 559567
RNU Renascor Res Ltd 0.018 20 26700771

 

Friday’s losers

Code Company Price % Volume
YPB YPB Group Ltd 0.003 -25 67171271
WOO Wooboard Tech Ltd 0.002 -20 312434
TIG Tigers Realm Coal 0.009 -18 16178963
HNR Hannans Ltd 0.005 -17 5934210
MGL Magontec Limited 0.016 -16 922508
XST Xstate Resources 0.006 -14 12185082
RDS Redstone Resources 0.013 -13 428616
MRD Mount Ridley Mines 0.0035 -13 12128696
OVT Ovato Limited 0.007 -13 3716149
AVC Auctus Invest Grp 0.745 -12 29050
PXX Polarx Limited 0.036 -12 1216163
SAN Sagalio Energy Ltd 0.029 -12 2395452
TYR Tyro Payments 2.32 -12 7430869
AFW Applyflow Limited 0.008 -11 7446129
PRM Prominence Energy NL 0.008 -11 10362925
COS Cosol Limited 0.63 -10 96948
FFC Farmaforce Ltd 0.09 -10 19274
PWN Parkway Minls NL 0.009 -10 146866
TMK Tamaska Oil Gas Ltd 0.009 -10 1596557
VAR Variscan Mines Ltd 0.028 -10 80000
SRZ Stellar Resources 0.019 -10 250357