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Today’s Biggest Pre-Market Stock Movers: 10 Top Gainers and Losers on Thursday

Good morning, investor! We’re diving back into the stock market again today with a look at the biggest pre-market stock movers for Thursday!


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Good morning, investor! We’re diving back into the stock market again today with a look at the biggest pre-market stock movers for Thursday!

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We’ve got loads of stock news to discuss as clinical trials, criminal probes, stock offerings, and more move the market.

Let’s talk about those pre-market stock movers now!

Pre-Market Stock Movers: 10 Top Gainers

  • Amplitude Healthcare (NASDAQ:AMHC) stock is rocketing more than 79% higher on approval from shareholders for its merger with Jasper Therapeutics.
  • MEDIROM Healthcare (NASDAQ:MRM) shares are soaring nearly 30% after releasing its Key Performance Indicators for August 2021.
  • Digital Brands Group (NASDAQ:DBGI) stock is climbing over 20% despite a lack of news this morning.
  • Datasea (NASDAQ:DTSS) shares are increasing roughly 15% on no clear news this morning.
  • Xenetic Biosciences (NASDAQ:XBIO) stock is gaining more than 13% following a rally on Wednesday.
  • Regencell Bioscience (NASDAQ:RGC) shares are rising over 10% in pre-market trading today.
  • Solid Biosciences (NASDAQ:SLDB) stock is sitting 10% higher as it prepares to provide an update on clinical trial data this morning.
  • PAVmed (NASDAQ:PAVM) shares are jumping more than 9% after one of its subsidiaries joined the Microsoft for Startups program.
  • Northern Dynasty Minerals (NYSEAMERICAN:NAK) stock is getting a 9% boost as chatter on social media heats up.
  • Camber Energy (NYSEAMERICAN:CEI) shares are recovering over 8% after falling on Wednesday.
  • 10 Top Losers

  • Eargo (NASDAQ:EAR) stock is plummeting more than 58% following news of a criminal probe and the company withdrawing its guidance for 2021.
  • Magal Security System (NASDAQ:MAGS) shares are diving over 30% on no obvious news this morning.
  • Synlogic (NASDAQ:SYBX) stock is falling 10% after announcing pricing for a public stock offering.
  • Marin Software (NASDAQ:MRIN) shares are taking a more than 8% beating as it pulls back from a strong rally on Wednesday.
  • Aethlon Medical (NASDAQ:AEMD) stock is dropping almost 8% following a rally yesterday.
  • Vale (NYSE:VALE) shares are decreasing over 7%
  • Ensysce Biosciences (NASDAQ:ENSC) stock is slipping more than 6% after revealing dividend prices yesterday boosted the shares.
  • Nanoviricides (NYSEAMERICAN:NNVC) shares are declining over 6%, which continues negative movement from yesterday.
  • BioCardia (NASDAQ:BCDA) stock is dipping more than 5% after gaining during trading hours on Wednesday.
  • Aluminum Corp. of China (NYSE:ACH) shares close out our pre-market stock movers down over 4% following a major rally yesterday.
  • On the date of publication, William White did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the Publishing Guidelines.

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    The Ethical Investor: ESG moves, lessons from the energy crisis and JP Equities’ stock tips

    The Ethical Investor is Stockhead’s weekly look at ESG moves on the ASX. This week’s special guest is JP Equity … Read More
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    The Ethical Investor is Stockhead’s weekly look at ESG moves on the ASX. This week’s special guest is JP Equity Partners’ director and partner, Nic Brownbill.

    The world is in the grip of an ongoing global power crisis that has seen energy prices soaring by thousands of percentage points.

    From China to Europe and now India, the cost of energy is surging drastically. The price of natural gas has even quadrupled in some parts of the world.


    Source: IEA via Reuters


    But economists are now warning this might be just the first of many power crunches the world will see as we transition into the new economy.

    According to a research paper by CommBank’s analyst Vivek Dhar, there are two main root causes that led to the crisis — a strong demand recovery from the pandemic, and an acute shortage of two key power-producing fuels – natural gas and thermal coal.

    As economies reopen, there is a sudden pent up demand from consumers which meant that factories were forced to switch on their production capacity at short notice. This was exacerbated by a colder than usual European autumn, as the continent potentially faces a more-freezing-than-usual winter season.

    In China, the crisis mainly stemmed from an undersupply in local production of coals, according to Dhar, adding that coal supply has been hampered in China because of the government’s own environmental protection regulations.

    So what can we learn from all this?

    Dhar reckons that we are transitioning into the new economy too fast, too soon.

    “What the recent energy crisis has shown is that the energy transition needs to be planned carefully,” Dhar wrote.

    “This will mean significant investment in renewable generation, batteries, electricity grids and hydrogen.”

    But he thinks the roll-out of a decarbonised grid and role of gas need to be clearly defined too.

    “Under-investing in gas infrastructure relative to its role in coming years will only serve to make Europe’s energy market more vulnerable to prolonged gas shortages, and increase dependence on Russia.”

    Like Europe, China’s decarbonisation ambition will need to be planned as well, Dhar said.

    “If coal mines and coal power plants are closed before a renewable replacement is in place, power shortages in China could be an ongoing concern.”

    What’s happening in Australia

    Australians have chosen climate change as the top ESG priority, according to the latest survey conducted by global ESG consultant, SEC Newgate.

    And more than half of the 1,000 Aussies surveyed said they were happy with the direction the government is taking on the environment.

    ESG Rio
    Source: Survey by SEC Newgate


    Aussie respondents also nominated retailers Coles Group (ASX:COL) and Woolworths (ASX:WOW) as the top local companies when it came to doing well on ESG metrics.

    These results should provide food for thought for PM Scott Morrison, who’s currently caught in a political wrangle with the Nationals in setting our 2050 climate goals.

    The PM has told Liberal colleagues that he wants to bring a binding 2050 net zero commitment to the COP26 Summit in Glasgow next month, without having to upgrade Australia’s 2030 commitments.

    Nationals Leader and also Deputy PM, Barnaby Joyce, said however that he was willing to back the 2050 targets only if funding for regional producers and farmers were made as part of the deal.

    Special guest JP Equities’ Nic Brownbill shares his views and ESG stocks

    Nic Brownbill, a partner at JP Equity, told Stockhead that decarbonisation is a mega global investment opportunity, one that JP Equity wants to be all in on.

    How big is the potential for ESG investing?

    “We see the whole decarbonisation theme as the next mega global investment opportunity. An estimated $41 trillion is required to decarbonise the planet. It’s going to be a bigger opportunity than the crypto market, because unlike cryptos, the carbon market is going to be mandated by governments, major asset managers and pension funds.”

    Which segment of the ESG market do you see outperforming?

    “Some companies will fall short in trying to make their carbon targets, so the balance will need to be met with carbon credits. I think carbon emissions will eventually be metricated, and the carbon offset market is going to be a way for major companies to offset their emissions.”

    Would that investment opportunity catch on in Australia?

    “I believe the Australian market hasn’t really caught on to the opportunity of this yet. But I think something will really start to emerge from the COP26 conference in November, where you’ll see a sustained mega theme starting to unfold in this country.

    “I think we will start to see a complete emergence of Australian companies in the carbon space over the next few months and beyond.”

    What are the ASX stocks that JP Equity likes in the carbon credit space?

    One ASX stock that we’ve been watching very closely is  Fertoz (ASX:FTZ). They’re a leading North American fertiliser manufacturer that produces a unique low-emission rock phosphate product that increases crop yield by 15%.

    “Importantly, it can generate significantly lower CO2 emissions in manufacturing compared with other commercial fertilisers.

    “This presents a really significant opportunity because agriculture as a sector accounts for 24% of all human generated greenhouse emissions. Fertoz is one of the first movers in the carbon credit market, and since May this year has been issuing carbon offset credit certificates.

    “It’s not a matter of if, but when disclosure of carbon emissions will become metricated. And as a result, Fertoz is getting some strong enquiries from other companies looking to offset their footprints by buying carbon credits.”

    Any other ASX stocks you like in the ESG space?

    “We’re also bullish on Mpower (ASX:MPR). The company is Australia’s leading specialist in renewable energy, battery storage and micro-grid business. It has a focus on five megawatt solar farms, and is in the process of creating an initial portfolio of 20 sites across Australia in the coming years.

    “That gives them an aggregate capacity of around 100 megawatts, and an estimated value of more than $150 million. It’s now down to what the team can deliver in some of those projects to build up the portfolio.”


    Notable ASX ESG-related news during the week

    Rio Tinto (ASX:RIO)

    The energy giant announced that it was targeting a 50% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030, and a 15% reduction by 2025 from a 2018 baseline of 32.6Mt.

    Around $7.5 billion in direct capital expenditure will be spent on decarbonising Rio Tinto’s assets from 2022 to 2030, including $0.5 billion per year from 2022 to 2024.

    Strandline Resources (ASX:STA)

    The company released its Sustainability Report for 2021, outlining its commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

    STA said it’s focused on managing development risks at its Coburn project in WA to safeguard workers and ensure environmental compliance.

    Lithium Power (ASX:LPI)

    The company has appointed global consulting firm Deloitte to ensure a robust ESG program at its Maricunga project in Chile.

    Deloitte has been tasked to imbed sustainable protocols in LPI’s lithium extraction operations, and to establish ambitious standards for LPI to become a carbon neutral producer, while keeping high standards on the social aspects.

    Jadar Resources (ASX:JDR)

    The company also said it has completed its maiden Sustainability Plan, with strategies aligned to the UNSDGs.


    The views, information, or opinions expressed in the interview in this article are solely those of the interviewee and do not represent the views of Stockhead.

    Stockhead has not provided, endorsed or otherwise assumed responsibility for any financial product advice contained in this article.

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    You Can Now Buy A Flying Car That Looks Like A Star Wars Spacecraft

    You Can Now Buy A Flying Car That Looks Like A Star Wars Spacecraft

    Forget Elon Musk’s Tesla Cyberquad ATV because there’s a new form of transportation…

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    You Can Now Buy A Flying Car That Looks Like A Star Wars Spacecraft

    Forget Elon Musk’s Tesla Cyberquad ATV because there’s a new form of transportation for the offroad enthusiast now available, and it looks like something out of Star Wars. 

    Sweden’s Jetson Aero has begun manufacturing a personal electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that will zip around the skies at 63 mph. 

    The Jetson One eVTOL is an octocopter with four arms that produce 88 kW (118 horsepower) at full throttle. The pilot sits in an aluminum/carbon fiber frame and controls the craft via a throttle lever on the left, a joystick on the right, and a pair of pedals, likely controlling yaw.

    According to vehicle car website Autoevolution, “the company [Jetson Aero] said that you can easily climb as high as 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) with Jetson One.” So far, videos only show the eVTOL moving at high rates of speed at low altitudes.  

    Someone who weighs roughly 187 pounds can expect 15-20 minutes of flight time before the batteries need a recharge. 

    New Atlas noted the eVTOL comes 50% built, and presumably, owners will have to assemble the rest. For that reason, the craft will likely fly under “experimental” where pilots don’t need a license to fly. 

    As for price, a $22k deposit will give someone the right to reserve a build slot for 2023. There are only three left. Production in 2022, a total of 12, has already been secured from people worldwide, including a few in California. 

    Personal eVTOLs appear to be the next big trend in transportation that will revolutionize how people (rich people) travel and commute or spend their leisure time. 

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    LG Companies to Pay $918M Over Chevy Bolt Fires, Resume Plans for IPO Before Year-End

    LG Chem has come to an agreement with General Motors (NYSE: GM) to cover the cost of the Bolt battery
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    LG Chem has come to an agreement with General Motors (NYSE: GM) to cover the cost of the Bolt battery recall, as the automaker is forced to recall all Bolt EVs ever produced.

    According to a company statement seen by Bloomberg, LG Energy Solution and LG Electronics Inc— both of which are owned by LG Chem Ltd and manufactured electric vehicle batteries for GM, have agreed to pay the automaker a combined 1.1 trillion won, or $918 million in costs related to the Chevy Bolt recall.

    LG Energy is expected to pay about 620 billion won after fires started in about a dozen Bolts, prompting GM to issue a recall spanning across more than 100,000 vehicles. LG Electronics, which was responsible for packaging the cells produced by LG Energy into modules that were placed in the batteries, has also agreed to compensate GM 480 billion won in costs.

    Including previous costs related to the recall that were disclosed during the companies’ second-quarter earnings, both companies are now responsible for coming up with a total of 1.4 trillion won related to the recall. Following the news, LG Electronics slumped by nearly 1% before paring back losses, while LG Chem jumped by over 4%.

    On Tuesday, LG Energy also announced that it will resume plans to launch an IPO before the end of the year, after putting the original plans on hold after GM announced the recall. LG Energy was one of the largest EV battery manufacturers in the world between January and August, and according to a report cited by the Korea Times, the company’s valuation sits at around 100 trillion won, or $83.58 billion, with expectations that it could raise nearly 10 trillion won during during the IPO.

    Information for this briefing was found via Bloomberg and the companies mentioned. The author has no securities or affiliations related to this organization. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security. The author holds no licenses.

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