• The ASX 200 has ended the week 3.1% lower
  • The small cap index ends week 6% down
  • It’s all the Poms’ fault this time


This is the ASX 200 over the September quarter just ended:

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That’s a hell of a lot of work, for very little return:

  • Friday down -1.2%
  • This week down -3.3%
  • September down -7.0%
  • YTD 2022 down -13.0%
  • 1 Year -11.6%

Not the funnest Friday read…

But also not the worst:

This is the Emerging Companies XEC index over the September quarter:

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  • Friday -1.5%
  • This week -5.9%
  • September -8%
  • YTD 2022 -25.9%
  • 1 Year -19.9%



“This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.

– William Shakespeare, (likely drunk and trying to impress the new King… ringing any bells? ) Richard II 


Who knew we’d be pinning this week’s woes on to the genii behind the new British “mini-budget.”

I for one did not.

I didn’t even think they’d be doing anything with such vigour post-HRM.

But they did.

They thought a few mega tax cuts for the plump and privileged would light a new fire under searing UK inflation, super charge UK government debt, roil markets, pound the pound … (pauses for breath) … trigger intervention from the central bank, get hate mail from the IMF and fulfil the sweetest dreams of secret overlord and master of Muppets, Vlad Putin.

That’s my call. It’s a Trump/Truss Russia thingy.

In any case, the GBP took a hammering while yields on UK government bonds surged like Floridian tides.

Enter the Bank of England (BoE) screaming and shouting it’ll buy infinity number of long-term government bonds to ‘restore orderly market conditions’.

Now, I know I’m not a central banker – or British – but why buy unlimited bonds for a fortnight, while instigating a whack of quantative tightening – ‘cos the BoE says it will continue as planned the trimming of the phat from its obscenely reddened balance sheet (by some £80bn).

Belinda Allen at CBA notes that this BoE intervention did settle yields – and give our markets a tidy bump on Thursday – but what’s that matter when the market pricing for rate hikes by the BoE at the next meeting remain very, very, very, very large – full Volcker territory ie: ~ 100bp.

Meanwhile, macro-wise at home the official office of numbers (ABS) delivered the entirely oxymoronic monthly CPI data – for the July and August. I’m no economist, my friends would also point out I don’t know math good, but isn’t that two months?

The data covered the months of July and August 2022. The data was only released partially which limits the capacity of economists to fully dissect the information. The indicator rose by 6.8%/yr to August 2022 (the annual rate stepped down from 7.0%/yr in July 2022) – see here.

Based on the monthly CPI data we expect the Q3 22 CPI to increase by 1.6%/qtr which would take the annual rate to 7.0% (this is marginally higher than our previously published preliminary forecast of 1.5%/qtr and 6.9%/yr). We receive the next release on the same day as the Q3 22 CPI on 26 October 2022.

The Final Budget Outcome for 2021/22 showed a very large improvement in the budget deficit to $A32bn from $A79.8bn due to delayed spending and higher revenue.

Retail trade for August also printed at 0.6%, just above consensus expectations.

Again, I’m not the governor of the Reserve bank of Australia – or a doctor – but why doesn’t Dr Lowe just ask us to pull ur heads in and not spend so much?


Next week …

That’s obviously crazy talk because next week we’ve a bucket-load of housing data incoming , fitting in nicely with the RBA’s October Board Meeting on Tuesday.

Gareth Aird, CBA’s head of Australian economics’ has a pretty thorough preview which can be found here .

As Gareth notes there’s pretty much universal agreement amongst economists et al that the RBA will deliver a rate hike.

And quickly, here’s Belinda Allen’s assumptions for the rest of the week:

  • Dwelling prices for September should show a fall of ~1.5%, similar to the 1.6% fall recorded in August.

“Falls continue to accelerate in Brisbane but have slowed a touch in Sydney and Melbourne. Sydney prices have now fallen around 10% from the peak earlier this year,” Allen says.

  • Lending indicators (out on Tuesday).CBA expects a fall of 2% for August, following a steep 8.5% fall in July.

“The impact of rising interest rates is working to cool demand for housing and subsequently credit, as well as reduce the amount households can borrow.”

  • Building approvals data is also released at the same time and Allen expects a 5% bounce in August after a sharp fall in July.

On Thursday the trade balance is released – lok for a “modest lift in the trade surplus” to $A10bn.


Adrad Holdings (ASX:AHL)

IPO: $22m at $1.50

Listing today and steady at it’s initial price is a company designs and manufactures Original Equipment (OE) industrial radiators and engineered engine cooling for stationary and mobile heat exchangers are produced to specific customer requirements.

They also manufacture, import and distribute automotive parts for the aftermarket in Australia and New Zealand including passenger vehicles through to locomotives, ultra-heavy dump trucks as well as agricultural machinery and construction equipment.


Atlantic Lithium (ASX:A11)

Atlantic listed on Monday after IPOing at $13.25m, with its main game the 30Mt Ewoyaa lithium project in Ghana, where it is funded through to production via a co-production agreement with fellow mine developer Piedmont Lithium (ASX:PLL).

Piedmont has the right to earn up to 50% at the project level for 50% SC6 spodumene concentrate offtake at market rates by solely funding US$17m towards studies and exploration and US$70m towards mine capex.

Atlantic completed a scoping study for Ewoyaa in December 2021 and in March, updated the mineral resource estimate by a massive 42% to 30.1 million metric tonnes at 1.26% lithium, including indicated resources of 20.5 million tonnes at 1.29%.

A project pre-feasibility study is due in the third quarter of CY2022 which will incorporate the expanded resource.

Atlantic also has two applications pending covering a combined 774km2 area for lithium in the Ivory Coast; Agboville and Rubino.

A11 is currently trading at $0.615, up 6% from its listing price of $0.58.


Atlantic Ghana Lithium Project
Pic: The Ewoyaa Lithium Project is within 110km of the operating deep-sea port of Takoradi port and 100km of the capital Accra.


Critical Minerals Group (ASX:CMG)

The vanadium company listed Wednesday, IPOing at $5m at $0.20.

CMG struck an initial high of $0.279 and had gained some 25% from its listing price.

The company holds the Lindfield vanadium project in Queensland, which has an inferred mineral resource of 210 mt @ 0.39% V2O5 (vanadium pentoxide).

The plan is to complete bulk ore sample collection through its large diameter core drilling campaign, add to the existing JORC resource, and complete metallurgy and pilot plant test work and a scoping study.

CMG also holds the Figtree Creek and Lorena Surrounds, both greenfield copper-gold projects in the Cloncurry region.

Plus, they’ve got Japanese petroleum heavyweight Idemitsu on their register, with the conglomerate taking a 32% slice of the company.

“We believe that vanadium has a critical role to play in the future of energy and are delighted to have Idemitsu Australia as a cornerstone investor,” MD Scott Drelincourt said.

“Our partnership with Idemitsu provides the capital and direction to deliver the Lindfield Project and value to our shareholders. We are thrilled to have their strategic support.”

While adoption of vanadium redox flow batteries has been relatively slow, representing just 10 per cent of the stationary battery market to date, the battery metal is widely expected to become a key resource as the world moves increasingly towards electrification to support net zero emissions.

In fact, vanadium consumption in batteries is forecast to grow at an average compound rate of 41% per year from 2022 to 2031, and global production of vanadium, which is also used to strengthen steel, is expected to increase by as much as 50% by 2030.


These are the companies listing in the next fortnight, thanks to The Extraordinary Emma Davies:

Bridge SaaS (ASX:BGE)

Listing: 4 October

IPO: $4.5m at $0.20

This company provides Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and workflow solutions to employment, care and support industries. The software is a single platform that simplifies the unique data, compliance and documentary evidence requirements of major government-funded programs through a unified user interface, BGE says.


LGI Limited (ASX:LGI)

Listing: 4 October

IPO: $25m at $1.50

This company is focused on solving gas emission issues for landfill sites while generating dispatchable, distributed and renewable electricity and creating Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs).

LGI has a current portfolio of 26 projects with long- term contracts, across the Australian eastern seaboard and says it has a strong pipeline of growth opportunities, investing capital to optimise the conversion of biogas to revenue,

The plan after listing is to increase biogas revenue through additional ACCU projects and landfill biogas-to-power stations, and expanding existing biogas-to-power stations; increase exposure to high quality landfill gas sites; and strengthen the premium electricity offering deploying hybrid battery systems that increase LGI’s ability to optimise the price it receives for electricity.


Omega Oil & Gas (ASX:OMA)

Listing: 11 October

IPO: $15m at $0.20

This O&G junior has two exploration permits in the Surat Basin in South East Queensland, ATP 2037 and ATP 2038. The two permits represent an area of over 250,000 acres and are located approximately 50km away from critical gas transmission infrastructure.

The exploration program will explore the Permian Deep Gas play which, if successful, represents a potential multi-TCF gas resource.


Bubalus Resources (ASX:BUS)

Listing: 13 October

IPO: $5m at $0.20

This explorer is focused on the exploration and development of manganese and rare earths projects in the NT and WA.

Projects include the Amadeus Project (prospective for manganese), the Coomarie Project (prospective for heavy rare earths), the Nolans East Project (prospective for light rare earths) and the Pargee Project (prospective for heavy rare earths).



Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for September 24 to September 30:

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Code Company Price % Week Market Cap
DUN Dundasminerals 0.64 205% $25,565,468.94
MGA Metalsgrovemining 0.195 63% $7,920,110.00
CGS Cogstate Ltd 2.17 48% $383,144,011.51
BXN Bioxyne Ltd 0.026 44% $17,924,071.14
ATL Apollo Tourism 0.725 41% $134,959,408.30
QXR Qx Resources Limited 0.047 38% $41,249,391.41
CFO Cfoam Limited 0.004 33% $2,568,442.22
GGX Gas2Grid Limited 0.002 33% $8,116,204.16
ROO Roots Sustainable 0.004 33% $3,373,347.10
GW1 Greenwing Resources 0.38 33% $50,098,939.60
WC1 Westcobarmetals 0.275 31% $7,380,018.00
ALA Arovella Therapeutic 0.034 31% $20,796,375.05
LGM Legacy Minerals 0.15 30% $6,868,620.30
ALY Alchemy Resource Ltd 0.027 29% $19,061,519.10
PSC Prospect Res Ltd 0.11 28% $48,537,243.51
SKN Skin Elements Ltd 0.034 26% $14,729,727.04
CBY Canterbury Resources 0.044 26% $5,174,338.26
FTC Fintech Chain Ltd 0.025 25% $16,269,239.70
HVM Happy Valley 0.05 25% $9,776,359.12
MGG Mogul Games Grp Ltd 0.0025 25% $6,526,882.41
RDN Raiden Resources Ltd 0.01 25% $14,845,518.70
TTM Titan Minerals 0.079 23% $103,022,942.58
SOM SomnoMed Limited 1.47 23% $115,863,041.00
GES Genesis Resources 0.011 22% $8,611,254.23
UUL Ultima Utd Ltd 0.08 21% $6,304,447.06
SIH Sihayo Gold Limited 0.003 20% $12,204,256.18
CAU Cronos Australia 0.715 19% $404,690,613.19
NUH Nuheara Limited 0.22 19% $30,182,971.72
BTR Brightstar Resources 0.019 19% $12,937,217.38
DTI DTI Group Ltd 0.019 19% $7,625,374.04
ICG Inca Minerals Ltd 0.041 17% $19,757,684.30
IRX Inhalerx Limited 0.069 17% $11,624,220.03
AJQ Armour Energy Ltd 0.007 17% $13,550,705.26
SGI Stealth Global 0.14 17% $11,465,500.00
TEG Triangle Energy Ltd 0.014 17% $17,479,016.17
HMI Hiremii 0.05 16% $5,293,357.95
MTO Motorcycle Hldg 2.5 16% $148,713,171.10
3PL 3P Learning Ltd 1.4 16% $362,194,262.70
GO2 Thego2People 0.015 15% $6,099,573.81
HXL Hexima 0.015 15% $2,396,081.27
IBG Ironbark Zinc Ltd 0.015 15% $17,645,882.71
RFA Rare Foods Australia 0.068 15% $14,051,994.60
IKE Ikegps Group Ltd 0.77 15% $103,657,776.95
MXO Motio Ltd 0.039 15% $10,046,484.12
BUY Bounty Oil & Gas NL 0.008 14% $10,964,007.86
GTG Genetic Technologies 0.004 14% $27,701,895.43
PCL Pancontinental Energ 0.004 14% $22,662,668.43
RBR RBR Group Ltd 0.004 14% $5,150,481.38
LIN Lindian Resources 0.325 14% $271,471,044.16
S3N Sensore Ltd 0.46 14% $11,081,480.52
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Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for September 19 to September 23:

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Code Company Price % Week Market Cap
1CG One Click Group Ltd 0.017 -58% $10,078,585.78
REY REY Resources Ltd 0.12 -55% $25,431,304.68
AR1 Australresources 0.2 -42% $59,191,366.80
MCM Mc Mining Ltd 0.41 -42% $88,944,691.50
HTG Harvest Tech Grp Ltd 0.06 -38% $43,654,564.18
AYM Australia United Min 0.004 -33% $7,370,309.94
EVE EVE Health Group Ltd 0.001 -33% $5,274,482.66
RAN Range International 0.006 -33% $6,575,032.24
ACS Accent Resources NL 0.025 -32% $13,048,763.92
CBE Cobre 0.1275 -31% $27,500,773.73
BMG BMG Resources Ltd 0.02 -31% $7,719,833.16
CYM Cyprium Metals Ltd 0.068 -31% $50,383,682.70
ALM Alma Metals Ltd 0.0105 -30% $10,376,067.08
ADR Adherium Ltd 0.005 -29% $12,809,249.33
NYR Nyrada Inc. 0.1 -29% $20,281,131.00
LNY Laneway Res Ltd 0.005 -29% $39,228,098.46
LEL Lithenergy 0.71 -28% $43,909,500.00
RAG Ragnar Metals Ltd 0.028 -28% $15,167,395.56
GRE Greentechmetals 0.14 -26% $4,535,599.86
AJL AJ Lucas Group 0.115 -26% $137,572,963.03
NC1 Nicoresourceslimited 0.52 -26% $48,798,376.11
AO1 Assetowl Limited 0.0015 -25% $2,358,194.64
ARE Argonaut Resources 0.0015 -25% $8,142,806.91
AUH Austchina Holdings 0.006 -25% $14,257,829.12
BOA Boadicea Resources 0.105 -25% $8,546,988.45
BPP Babylon Pump & Power 0.0045 -25% $12,288,856.72
CBH Coolabah Metals Limi 0.105 -25% $4,044,000.12
DW8 DW8 Limited 0.006 -25% $16,225,272.10
KEY KEY Petroleum 0.0015 -25% $3,935,856.25
MBK Metal Bank Ltd 0.003 -25% $9,127,363.56
TD1 Tali Digital Limited 0.003 -25% $3,697,891.57
OZM Ozaurum Resources 0.079 -25% $5,925,860.00
UVA Uvrelimited 0.14 -24% $4,724,998.50
SRX Sierra Rutile 0.2125 -24% $93,332,018.34
CRR Critical Resources 0.063 -24% $93,744,960.06
SRR Saramaresourcesltd 0.099 -24% $4,291,168.09
NIM Nimyresourceslimited 0.275 -24% $15,453,055.24
S66 Star Combo 0.18 -23% $24,314,936.58
PUR Pursuit Minerals 0.0115 -23% $11,978,150.33
BTC BTC Health Ltd 0.043 -23% $12,401,239.58
3DA Amaero International 0.1 -23% $22,773,030.31
HPC Thehydration 0.1 -23% $18,701,261.80
INP Incentiapay Ltd 0.01 -23% $12,650,636.25
NCZ New Century Resource 1.055 -23% $146,709,598.56
PO3 Purifloh Ltd 0.27 -23% $8,511,344.46
TGN Tungsten Min NL 0.081 -23% $73,136,527.30
NRX Noronex Limited 0.034 -23% $5,966,092.55
W2V Way2Vatltd 0.031 -23% $6,046,702.60
RFT Rectifier Technolog 0.031 -23% $42,622,022.36
LNR Lanthanein Resources 0.038 -22% $37,550,197.23
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