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Closing Bell: It’s official – the ASX is completely out of New Year cheer

  • ASX200 has fallen at the last, down 0.07pc for the session and 1.64pc for the week (and the YTD!)
  • Financials fail to offset broader losses led by IT Sector
  • Small Cap Winners led by Calima Energy and BlueBet.

 

Inflation. I bet you thought we’d be done with this in 2024.

With exactly 16 minutes left of trade on Friday, the Australian benchmark dipped peevishly into the red for the first time, with the major banks no longer able to offset broader afternoon losses as Asian markets were left in turn to ponder anew the trajectory of US rate cuts.

 

At 4.15pm on Friday, the ASX200 was five points or 0.07% lower at 7489:

Via Google

 

Real Estate, Healthcare and the banks had managed to hold green at lunchtime on Friday despite a negative lead from Wall Street where reports showed the US job market was stronger than expected, dampening the chance of rate cuts.

Meanwhile, something’s going on with Nuix (ASX:NXL) this arvo. On a day where the IT Sector has crashed by over 2.2%, Nuix has come home about 7% higher, lurching awake at about 1.30pm as this graph, graphically shows. (below)

I’m sure it’s all entirely above board.

 

 

For those who’ve somehow forgotten the SaaS company’s disastrous float and subsequent trip to the Federal Court at the behest of the markets regulator, we last saw Nuix in November, getting sued under the Corporations Act for alleged continuous disclosure breaches and for making misleading or deceptive statements to the market.

 

 

ASIC’s been on the Nuix case since the biggest IPO of 2020 landed with a whimper, obliterating billions of Macquarie-backed market value from punters frantically sold on the promise of a homegrown tech giant – when Nuix was in fact just a very good enterprise software firm.

Worth noting.

Anyhoo.

Back on the actual bourse… it was the big banks which first came to the rescue and then needed rescuing, falling away late in the day to ensure the ASX copped a third straight session of losses.

The Materials Sector weighed, while the lightweight IT Sector followed the Nasdaq Composite down an exciting rates-related hole.

 

ASX SECTORS at 4pm on FRIDAY

 

Around the ‘hood, Asian-Pacific equity markets were mixed at 3pm in Sydney. Everyone’s a bit directionless after US investors went to work in the overnight session with little audacity and not a lot of hope, preferring to prod cautiously before tonight’s (Sydney time) US jobs data drop and the clues it could provide on the US Fed’s cash rate trajectory.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 advanced, the South Korean Kopsi, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng and the various mainland Chinese markets all  equivocated either side of parity.

WTI crude futures steadied above $72 per barrel in the states with weakening US demand offsetting these supply worries nout of Libya.

Both WTI and Brent Crude walked back more than -2.2% on Thursday when the IEA revealed US gasoline inventories jumped by 10.9 million barrels last week, the largest week-on-week increase in more than three decades.

Overnight, the Dow Jones IA racked up 10 points, to close a painful 0.03% higher.

The losses on the S&P 500 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq were a bit more pronounced – down 0.34% and 0.56%, respectively.

All 3 US majors look like emphatically putting Wall Street’s cracking nine-week winning streak to bed at the end of tomorrow session.

With a revivified Greenback and 10-yr US Treasury yields (now pushing 4%0, US punters have been paring back their ostentatious pre-Xmas bets all week, now that the mist has cleared a little and the rhythm of US interest rate cuts appears with the latest FOMC minutes indicating a high level of uncertainty on the policy outlook.

Eight out of the 11 S&P500 sectors finished lower, with Energy leading the bleeding.

 

US stockmarket futures at 4.30pm on Friday in Sydney:

Via Fox News

 

Finally, Bitcoin and its ilk were back heading higher on Thursday in New York.

As mentioned several times this week: Euphoria that the US government will soon approve Bitcoin exchange-traded funds has flowed more than ebbed into the New Year, but there’s doubt now, and it’s creeping.

 

ASX SMALL CAP LEADERS

Today’s best performing small cap stocks:

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Code Company Price % Volume Market Cap
CE1 Calima Energy 0.1025 58% 21,421,578 $40,671,850
FHS Freehill Mining Ltd. 0.009 50% 13,165,882 $17,099,007
M4M Macro Metals Limited 0.003 50% 1,258,607 $4,934,156
LYN Lycaonresources 0.235 47% 332,791 $7,049,000
KZR Kalamazoo Resources 0.15 36% 1,441,548 $18,850,642
AUH Austchina Holdings 0.004 33% 115,523 $6,233,651
BP8 Bph Global Ltd 0.002 33% 51,964 $2,753,345
BDG Black Dragon Gold 0.048 33% 541,392 $7,224,122
BBT Bluebet Holdings Ltd 0.255 31% 1,052,259 $39,214,262
ODE Odessa Minerals Ltd 0.009 29% 830,742 $6,629,783
PXX Polarx Limited 0.009 29% 2,823,110 $11,477,317
HCD Hydrocarbon Dynamic 0.005 25% 984,000 $3,078,664
SI6 SI6 Metals Limited 0.005 25% 3,701,122 $7,975,438
AW1 Americanwestmetals 0.165 22% 2,672,459 $58,925,557
BPH BPH Energy Ltd 0.067 22% 33,021,303 $56,425,982
FFG Fatfish Group 0.028 22% 21,755,420 $31,975,513
TIG Tigers Realm Coal 0.006 20% 1,000,000 $65,333,512
STN Saturn Metals 0.215 19% 719,721 $40,195,477
NGY Nuenergy Gas Ltd 0.039 18% 169,335 $48,871,531
PRM Prominence Energy 0.013 18% 235,257 $1,720,140
VR1 Vection Technologies 0.026 18% 2,427,226 $24,784,957
AMN Agrimin Ltd 0.235 18% 303,253 $61,937,164
CRS Caprice Resources 0.035 17% 2,227,570 $6,702,608
HYD Hydrix Limited 0.021 17% 131,513 $4,575,939
ECT Env Clean Tech Ltd. 0.007 17% 2,235,195 $17,185,862

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Friday’s big winner is Calima Energy (ASX:CE1), which popped a very healthy 61.5% gain in the AM after it struck a ‘definitive agreement’ for flogging its Canadian subsidiary Blackspur Oil Corp to Astara Energy, for the princely sum of C$75 million – roughly

83.3 million of our puny Australian dollarydoos.

Which is, of course, big news – but the major reason why Calima’s gone absolutely gangbusters is this little nugget in the announcement:

“It is the Company’s objective to distribute no less than 85% of the funds received from the Blackspur Sale to Calima shareholders in the most tax effective form and the Company will seek an ATO ruling on this matter in a timely fashion.”

Calima is currently trading at $0.105, which comes with a free hit at a slice of just under $71 million, depending on how the ATO decides to rule on the offer.

International bookie Michael Sullivan’s Bluebet (ASX:BBT) is up more than 25% this morning, after releasing a boilerplate non-denial of media speculation about a possible merger between it and rival Matt Tripp’s BetR.

“BlueBet is regularly involved in discussions with third parties regarding strategic initiatives, including Betr, aimed at maximising value for its shareholders,” the company said.

So that’s a very firm “possibly”, which was enough to get the more punt-friendly investors away from the pokies for a few minutes this morning.

And MTM Critical Metals (ASX:MTM) is still making the most of its recent news about rare earth element (REE) and niobium (Nb) mineralisation over broad intervals in previously untested parts of the Pomme carbonatite complex – the same news that saw the company shed 27% to $0.07 the day it dropped has since seen the company’s price climb 85.7% to $0.13… What a time to be alive.

Later in the day, BPH Energy (ASX:BPH) saw a flurry of activity for no particular reason that I was able to spot during a slightly-more-than-perfunctory look at the headlines, climbing around 22% to close out the week up by more than 43%.

Havilah Resources (ASX:HAV) made a late play for the headlines, dropping an announcement that it has found graphite at its Birksgate prospect in the Curnamona Province of northeastern South Australia, located approximately 50 km north-northwest of Kalkaroo.

But… it looks like it missed the mark, hardly surprising since the announcement came mid-afternoon on a very slow Friday, with results from a single drillhole, with a peak graphite interception of 4.9% over 21m from 36m – which, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t a show-stopper.

 

ASX SMALL CAP LAGGARDS

Today’s worst performing small cap stocks:

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Code Company Price % Volume Market Cap
JAV Javelin Minerals Ltd 0.0015 -25% 1,326,330 $2,176,231
YOJ Yojee Limited 0.003 -25% 9,958,248 $5,223,941
EDE Eden Inv Ltd 0.002 -20% 10,856,298 $9,167,534
AKM Aspire Mining Ltd 0.15 -19% 678,946 $93,912,842
NWF Newfield Resources 0.135 -18% 82,713 $149,031,700
MDX Mindax Limited 0.051 -18% 5,000 $126,824,644
HRN Horizon Gold Ltd 0.25 -17% 29,807 $43,451,977
AL8 Alderan Resource Ltd 0.005 -17% 4,607,773 $6,641,168
AMD Arrow Minerals 0.005 -17% 4,622,418 $20,842,591
CHK Cohiba Min Ltd 0.0025 -17% 3,753,332 $7,590,691
IS3 I Synergy Group Ltd 0.005 -17% 11,764 $1,824,482
OAR OAR Resources Ltd 0.0025 -17% 3,996,666 $7,931,183
RDS Redstone Resources 0.005 -17% 121,991 $5,528,271
PAM Pan Asia Metals 0.18 -16% 454,424 $36,080,607
LRD Lordresourceslimited 0.055 -15% 1,134,981 $2,413,588
WWG Wisewaygroupltd 0.042 -14% 191,676 $8,197,400
PRX Prodigy Gold NL 0.006 -14% 50,000 $12,257,755
TMK TMK Energy Limited 0.006 -14% 2,999,891 $42,858,055
VML Vital Metals Limited 0.006 -14% 1,682,406 $41,265,469
ZNC Zenith Minerals Ltd 0.12 -14% 281,147 $49,333,324
TBN Tamboran 0.19 -14% 734,652 $433,747,072
TSI Top Shelf 0.19 -14% 28,713 $45,644,689
GML Gateway Mining 0.02 -13% 654,846 $7,829,565
AGD Austral Gold 0.028 -13% 300,000 $19,593,963
EMT Emetals Limited 0.007 -13% 4,300 $6,800,000

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Trading Halts

Kingsrose Mining (ASX:KRM) regarding government approval to commence drilling at the Porsanger Project in Norway

 

 

 

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