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CLOSING BELL: Local markets dragged lower by central bank angst; lithium minnows and New Hope offer some hope

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  • The ASX 200 benchmark falls 0.5% as central bank boogeymen spook investors
  • Energy pretty much on its own out front of the rest of the sectors
  • Small caps led by lithium and new metal minnows with some sturdy new finds


Local markets have slid again on Tuesday. The Real Estate Sector, the blue chip miners and big bad banks all weighing heavily following a tepid session on Wall Street overnight.

That left markets at the mercy of local data and any upbeat individual stock narratives to wrestle with this afternoon’s Statement on Monetary Policy which read a lot like an insurance policy on uncertainty.

The benchmark lost 0.5%, the Small Ords lost 0.3% and the emerging markets index shed 0.7%.

At home, the central bank’s September monetary policy minutes were the receptacle of convenience wherein the Reserve Bank’s plonked all its unspoken doubts around the stickiness of still too high inflation and the likelihood it’ll remain a problem for some time yet.  With the deterioration evidently ongoing next door at our largest trading partner, the RBA added an extra alarm to look out for in a Chinese economy which still has the capacity to throw more cold water on the already slushy GDP outlook.

The warning is plain – this certainly wasn’t the final word on our 18 month rate driven economic comic-tragedy. The show, it seems is going to go on and on.

On Tuesday ASX-listed REITs continued to slide, several now within sight of 12 month lows as this corner of the market speaks truth to to the real hit of of higher interest rates.

Needless to say, a similar drama is playing out this very moment on Wall Street.

US stocks drifted in a directionless circle as traders stood by and watched. No point in fighting or flirting with the US Federal Reserve a few hours out from its critical decision on US interest rates.

Flat and stale was the action. The S&P 500,  Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq Composite added between 0.1% and 0.05% between them.

Unwelcome tidings this afternoon helped cement the mood on the local bourse, as the Aussie  artificial intelligence chip maker, Brainchip Holdings dropped well over 10% as AI punters handled the news that Brainchip is about to get hoisted from the ASX 200, pretty well, I thought. There’s speculation the Aussie version of a meme stock may’ve just done its dinner, with  the consecutive quarters of missed targets and ordinary revenue starting to make its still meaty $400 million market cap look awfully fragile.

The BrainChip Holdings (ASX:BRN) share price is down over 10% to 24.7 cents. This is despite there being no news out of the struggling semiconductor company. Though, it is worth noting that Brainchip was kicked out of the ASX 200 index at this month’s rebalance, so that could be having some impact.

The major miners have slipped – both the iron ore giants and the major goldies. The Big Four banks have all given back recent gains, retreating around 1% a peice on Tuesday.

Still, there’s happy news for the half-glass-full types with time to explore.

ASX Uranium stocks continue to do sweet damage to 1 year highs. Uranium prices have just kept climbing in September – the yellow cake is at  its own decade-high, pushing the boundaries of decorum at a little over US$60 a pound.

The combo of at risk and awfully low supply, vs end-of-days climate events and persistent supply risks  have kept driving out ASX uranium diggers into happy, lofty share price land.

Paladin Energy (ASX:PDN) just clocked a 12 month high, but then again most of them have – all the big names in the smallish sector are finding ASX trade rather fun right now, including Boss Energy (ASX:BOE), Deep Yellow (ASX:DYL), and Bannerman Energy (ASX:BMN).

Lithium and a few ASX new metals players led the small caps today, although our Nadine McGrath notes that Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) has finally officially become the most shorted stock on the ASX.

It has an 11%short position, short sellers also targeting other lithium stocks including Core Lithium (ASX:CXO) , Sayona Mining (ASX:SYA), and Lake Resources (ASX:LKE).

Short sellers seem concerned lithium prices could fall in the coming years with forecasts of surplus of the battery mineral as more lithium mines globally come into production.

On the graphite front Syrah Resources isn’t going so great, down 7% and also accumulating some short-selling, while medtech Imugene (ASX:IMU) was also short 7%.


ASX Sectors on Tuesday Sept. 19


Chart via MarketIndex



WTI crude futures rose above $91 per barrel on Tuesday, hovering at the highest levels in over ten months amid expectations of a widening market deficit in the fourth quarter due to dwindling supply.

Saudi Arabia and Russia have already made plain they’ll be extending cuts to the tune of a combined 1.3 million bpd, right through to the new year.

Now the US Energy Information Administration said on Monday that US oil output from top shale-producing regions is on track to decline for the third straight month to 9.393 million barrels per day in October, the lowest since May.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman – the out-front Energy Minister dismissed the OPEC+ moves to further trim the cartel’s production, saying markets were being guided to limit volatility and warning about global economic and demand uncertainties.



Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks:

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Code Company Price % Volume Market Cap
CCE Carnegie Cln Energy 0.002 100% 3,402,136 $15,642,574
JNO Juno 0.115 44% 358,763 $10,852,640
OKR Okapi Resources 0.165 38% 4,180,863 $25,210,322
YPB YPB Group Ltd 0.004 33% 250,000 $2,230,384
CDR Codrus Minerals Ltd 0.092 31% 6,961,637 $5,305,300
MAG Magmatic Resrce Ltd 0.066 27% 364,929 $15,896,025
ODE Odessa Minerals Ltd 0.015 25% 14,303,723 $11,365,342
EFE Eastern Resources 0.01 25% 10,345,103 $9,935,572
ROG Red Sky Energy. 0.005 25% 540,224 $21,208,909
DES Desoto Resources 0.13 24% 846,660 $6,292,283
DRA DRA Global Limited 1.7 21% 25,508 $76,504,355
NIS Nickelsearch 0.057 21% 11,651,514 $4,494,628
BUR Burleyminerals 0.2 21% 383,362 $16,713,965
RDN Raiden Resources Ltd 0.035 21% 145,963,738 $66,391,435
EEL Enrg Elements Ltd 0.006 20% 1,137,599 $5,049,825
EMU EMU NL 0.003 20% 4,692,869 $3,625,053
SUM Summitminerals 0.155 19% 916,083 $4,607,439
PVT Pivotal Metals Ltd 0.019 19% 4,109,899 $8,713,605
VTI Vision Tech Inc 0.355 18% 144,413 $9,515,166
COY Coppermoly Limited 0.013 18% 150,568 $5,831,396
OLY Olympio Metals Ltd 0.2 18% 466,839 $8,696,359
ADY Admiralty Resources. 0.007 17% 40,623 $7,821,475
CAV Carnavale Resources 0.007 17% 33,791,521 $20,001,310
FAU First Au Ltd 0.0035 17% 450,000 $4,355,980
GMN Gold Mountain Ltd 0.007 17% 3,574,934 $13,614,472


Lithium play Juno Minerals (ASX:JNO), up some 45% at the close on Tuesday, still riding the waves made by last week’s positivity around news that infill soil sampling results have been full of promise for lithium prospectivity south of its Mount Ida Magnetite Project.

Copper cap, Magmatic Resources (ASX:MAG) is closing Tuesday with almost 30% in the pocket afger kicking off a new diamond drilling program at its greater Corvette and Kingswood prospect within Magmatic Resources’ 100%-owned Myall Project

MAG told the ASX that the program is targeting shallow mineralisation immediately below the transported cover, with 8-10 holes expected to be completed to an average depth of 250 metres over the coming 4-6 weeks, while the processing of diamond core will start nowish too,

The current phase of exploration has the potential to rapidly expand the significant metal endowment already defined at Myall, which includes 354,000 tonnes of copper metal-equivalent.

Codrus Minerals (ASX:CDR) is ahead strongly on Tuesday as well. The REE play’s been sharing some upbeat exploration drilling results at its Karloning REE project in WA.

CDR’s best so far:

20m grading 1,554ppm TREYO from 8m, including 4m grading 2,014ppm TREYO from 18m in hole KGAC057, and 14m grading 1,423ppm TREYO from 12m, including 2m grading 1,931ppm TREYO from 16m in hole KGAC058.

Also enjoying momentum out of last week, Okapi Resources (ASX:OKR) has been rising steadily throughout the day, adding 38%at the close.

And finally, Raiden Resources (ASX:RDN) is up more than 21% after notching high-grade lithium and rubidium samples and a new 50m wide mineralised pegmatite at Andover South, grading up to 2.42% Li2O.



Here are the least best performing ASX small cap stocks:

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Code Company Price % Volume Market Cap
MEB Medibio Limited 0.001 -33% 50,000 $9,151,116
MRQ Mrg Metals Limited 0.002 -33% 611,554 $6,557,756
MKL Mighty Kingdom Ltd 0.009 -25% 172,400 $3,914,635
MDI Middle Island Res 0.019 -21% 54,276 $3,375,797
CYQ Cycliq Group Ltd 0.004 -20% 24,781 $1,787,583
DEL Delorean Corporation 0.025 -19% 26,654 $6,687,348
HOR Horseshoe Metals Ltd 0.009 -18% 479,802 $7,078,265
MSI Multistack Internat. 0.005 -17% 111,604 $817,824
OAK Oakridge 0.083 -16% 7,739 $1,702,372
LIN Lindian Resources 0.21 -16% 8,961,591 $284,913,074
RCW Rightcrowd 0.021 -16% 962,572 $6,585,448
VN8 Vonex Limited. 0.018 -14% 975,493 $7,598,401
GCR Golden Cross 0.003 -14% 694,160 $3,840,396
LBT LBT Innovations 0.012 -14% 396,596 $4,982,605
LRL Labyrinth Resources 0.006 -14% 44,254 $8,312,806
NET Netlinkz Limited 0.006 -14% 12,220,084 $24,713,699
TAS Tasman Resources Ltd 0.006 -14% 105,000 $4,988,685
JAY Jayride Group 0.086 -14% 19,500 $20,363,780
TTM Titan Minerals 0.037 -14% 7,027,323 $65,104,952
GMR Golden Rim Resources 0.025 -14% 118,894 $17,156,063
8IH 8I Holdings Ltd 0.02 -13% 42,034 $8,219,188
FLC Fluence Corporation 0.135 -13% 607,058 $100,835,875
WC8 Wildcat Resources 0.375 -13% 15,332,091 $286,215,553
5EA 5Eadvanced 0.35 -13% 1,012,372 $121,598,712
VMS Venture Minerals 0.0105 -13% 2,140,249 $23,400,156


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