On Stockhead today, is the market opening up for digital assets again, the chip stocks a tech expert’s investing in, and the ASX small caps that equity analysts talk most about.

But first, here’s what you need to know about the week ahead.

 

The day ahead in data

NAB releases its business confidence report for April today.

It almost goes without saying that the ongoing US-China trade war will impact global markets, so watch out for that. If there are any major updates we’ll be sure to let you know.

Candidacy for the 2020 US elections is also going to take up more airtime with each passing day, and the closer we get, the more markets will feel the impact.

At home we are in the final campaign week ahead of Saturday’s election, with current polling suggesting the ALP is ever so slightly likely to form government.

Australian markets fell on Monday, the ASX200 down 0.2 per cent, though the small ords rose 0.1 per cent.

 

Company news

Evans Dixon (ASX:ED1) has 51.2 million shares being released from escrow tomorrow.

The following 13 companies are due out of a trading halt in the next 48 hours:

Tuesday:

  • Avenira (ASX:AEV) – capital raising
  • WhiteHawk (ASX:WHK) – capital raising
  • Wiseway Group (ASX:WWG) – earnings outlook
  • Northern Cobalt (ASX:N27) – capital raising
  • Animoca Brands (ASX:AB1) – capital raising

Wednesday:

  • Speciality Metals (ASX:SEI) – capital raising and joint venture
  • Breaker Resources (ASX:BRB) – capital raising
  • Elixir Petroleum (ASX:EXR) – capital raising
  • Saturn Metals (ASX:STN) – capital raising
  • Argent Minerals (ASX:ARD) – Tax incentives update
  • BTC Health (ASX:BTC) – capital raising
  • Gulf Maganese Corp (ASX:GMC) – ore shipment update
  • Greenpower Energy (ASX:GPP) – potential acquisition

 

Commodities

Gold: $US1,301.37 ($1,874.49) +1.07%

Silver: $US14.75 -0.14%

Oil (Brent): $US69.74 -1.03%

Oil (WTI): $US60.89 -1.33%

Coal: $US86.80 -0.80%

Iron ore 62pc fe: $US95.08 +0.89%

AUD/USD: $US0.6942
 

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What got you talking yesterday

In Germany, trucks are becoming trams. Sort of. This was generating chatter on the Stockhead Facebook chat forum.

Member Kevin Sharpe: “An impressive, if somewhat inelegant, solution? It beats the slot car track idea I read about a while ago.”

These were the five most-discussed stocks on trading gossip forum HotCopper at close on Monday:

 

Yesterday’s winners

The biggest winner was miniature anti-microbial company Zoono (ASX:ZNO), up 99 per cent to 1.6c after telling the market it had received an order to the tune of $33 million.

It signed a deal with US partner MicroSonic to sell a bespoke antimicrobial “system” to car care company Turtle Wax, developed specially for the business over the last 12 months.

Strategic metals developer TNG (ASX:TNG) was up 25 per cent to 12.5c after signing a binding life-of-mine off-take agreement with the multi-billion dollar Swiss-based specialty chemical distributor DKSH.

It will see allow DKSH to purchase, on a life-of-mine basis, up to 100 per cent of the titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment that will be produced by Mount Peake.

And last week’s big mover Orthocell (ASX:OCC) was amongst the big gainers again, up 45 per cent to 61c.

No news, just still volatile on the back of patients reporting the company’s nerve damage treatment was working.

Ticker Name Price % Chg Volume Market cap
ZNO ZOONOO GROUP 0.0155 99% 4.1M $25,300,000
QTG Q TECHNOLOGY GROUP 0.009 50% 70.6K $1,400,000
APG AUSTPAC RESOURCES 0.0015 50% 196.0K $4,300,000
PCH PROPERTY CONNECT HOLDINGS 0.003 50% 3.0M $2,100,000
VPR VOLT POWER GROUP 0.002 50% 50.0K $12,400,000
GLA GLADIATOR RESOURCES 0.002 50% 14.8M $2,200,000
MGT MAGNETITE MINES 0.006 50% 9.0M $4,400,000
OCC ORTHOCELL 0.61 45% 39.5M $73,700,000
TRM TRUSCOTT MINING CORP 0.011 38% 40.9K $1,300,000
AHN ATHENA RESOURCES 0.012 33% 684.0K $3,300,000
KLH KALIA 0.002 33% 12.8M $5,000,000
TV2 TV2U INTERNATIONAL 0.005 25% 22.3M $11,400,000
TNG TNG 0.125 25% 8.7M $120,400,000
PUA PURA AlUMINA 0.066 25% 4.1M $11,300,000
DCC DIGITAL X 0.075 23% 30.1M $38,300,000
SIL SMILES INCLUSIVE 0.19 23% 365.1K $11,000,000
4CE FORCE COMMODITIES 0.011 22% 9.6M $4,700,000
BSX BLACKSTONE MINERALS 0.084 22% 1.1M $9,400,000
ALT ANALYTICA LTD 0.005 0.25 1.0M $16,700,000

 

Yesterday’s losers

Living Cell Technologies (ASX:LCT) has become the latest biotech to fall victim to trying to treat neurodegenerative diseases, falling 44 per cent to 3.1c after results showed people who had 40 capsules of the company’s NTCELL drug implanted in their brains showed no difference from the placebo.

Furthermore, while the four people in the middle group who had 80 capsules in their heads continued to show some benefit two years in compared to the two people taking placebos their group, their results weren’t significantly better when compared to all six placebos across the whole study.

It followed Actinogen’s (ASX:ACW) fall last week after its Phase II trial for Alzheimer’s patients also didn’t work too well.

Ticker Name Price % Chg Volume Market cap
LCT LIVING CELL TECHNOLOGIES 0.031 -44% 4.4m $17,700,000
SRN SUREFIRE RESOURCES 0.004 -33% 125.0k $2,000,000
UTR ULTRACHARGE 0.003 -25% 470.0k $3,200,000
CIO CONNECTED IO 0.003 -25% 2.9m $5,400,000
GLV GLOBAL VANADIUM 0.0015 -25% 100.0k $4,200,000
DDT DATADOT TECHNOLOGIES 0.008 -22% 13.14m $5,700,000
9SP 9 SPOKES 0.019 -21% 12.9m $15,700,000
THD THRED 0.002 -20% 166.7k $3,600,000
GPP GREENPOWER ENERGY 0.002 -20% 770.0k $3,100,000
CAV CARNAVALE RESOURCES 0.004 -20% 1.38m $2,700,000
KEY KEY PETROLEUM 0.004 -20% 70.0k $6,200,000
AQX ALICE QUEEN 0.013 -19% 300.0k $8,500,000
MQR MARQUEE RESOURCES 0.037 -18% 157.3k $1,600,000
ELT ELEMENTOS 0.005 -17% 62.5k $7,700,000
CDT CASTLE MINERALS 0.005 -17% 6.6m $1,100,000
HGM HIGH GRADE METALS 0.005 -17% 126.5k $2,300,000
TPD TALON PETROLEUM 0.0025 -17% 18.9k $4,200,000
TNO TANDO RESOURCES 0.085 -15% 791.4k $16,600,000

That’s all you need to know. Move along now.