Late bounce sees market close flat, lithium prices soar


After six weeks of consecutive positive factors the market completed flat this week with the ASX 200 narrowly decrease 0.06% to close Friday commerce at 6758.8 factors.

Despite a drop on Monday and a flat midweek of buying and selling, the market bounced on Friday following information out of the US on inflation.

Was the inflation information optimistic?

No, by no means, nevertheless logic and motive have lengthy since left the market.

Inflation continues to rage

Core inflation information within the US got here in hotter than anticipated at 6.6% – exceeding the 6.4% forecast.

Surprisingly, the market rallied on the information, with many speculating the US plunge safety group has as soon as once more stepped in to rescue the markets.

Despite the US Federal Reserve’s acknowledged aim being to curtail the extreme inflation, we might see a extra dovish tone from the central financial institution over the following few weeks with the US midterms developing on 8 November.

The Fed won’t need to be seen as impacting the elections negatively in the direction of Joe Biden, given the truth that for each Republican the Fed hires it has 10-12 Democrats employed on its books, regardless of claiming to be a non-partisan organisation.

Meaning we might even see a price rise of solely 0.25% subsequent moderately than the sharper 0.5% and 0.75% rises we’ve seen in current months.

If so, this could possibly be seen as an early ‘pivot’ many traders have been ready for, offering some momentary reduction for the market which were in a transparent downward pattern this yr.

UK bond market drama

While the Fed is tightening, the Bank of England (BOE) has been scrambling for the previous two weeks to purchase UK authorities bonds as they basically went ‘no bid’, which means that nobody was stepping as much as purchase them and the central financial institution has needed to come into the market as the customer of final resort.

Failure to take action would have seen UK pension funds virtually actually collapse, that is how fragile the system has grow to be.

The BOE’s emergency bond-buying program is ready to finish in a single day, nevertheless within the newest drama, finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng have simply been sacked by prime minister Liz Truss.

With the pound having misplaced over 17% of its worth this yr versus the US greenback, the UK seems to be something however steady.

Unlike 2008 when the banks have been in disaster, we are actually seeing governments come below stress and with rising international rates of interest and a strengthening US greenback we could also be headed for an additional fireworks present within the close to future.

However the query to ponder is that if it’s the governments this time round that grow to be bancrupt and unable to satisfy their debt obligations, who bails them out?

Lithium prices hit all-time excessive in China

The value for lithium in China reportedly hit an all-time excessive this week as battery producers look to safe provide amid rising demand from the electrical car market.

According to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, Chinese battery grade lithium carbonate rose by 1.7% up to now week to achieve an all-time excessive of $74,475 a tonne.

Lithium prices have risen by 108% in 2022.

Small cap inventory motion

The Small Ords index shed 2.43% for the week to close at 2673 factors.

October 2022 ASX 200 vs Small Ords chart
ASX 200 vs Small Ords

Small cap firms making headlines this week have been:

St George Mining (ASX: SGQ)

High-grade lithium has been confirmed in rock chip samples from St George Mining’s Mt Alexander mission in Western Australia, whereas ongoing discipline mapping has recognized a major extension of outcropping pegmatites containing seen lithium minerals.

Assays for the primary batch of 10 selective samples indicated grades as much as 2.72% lithium oxide inside a number of stacked dykes in a north-south zone on the Jailbreak prospect.

Strong caesium, tantalum and rubidium values have been additionally recorded and are sometimes related to vital lithium deposits at depth.

St George stated the grade and scale at Jailbreak signifies a highly-prospective pegmatite-hosted lithium mineral system in its early stage of analysis.

The firm will launch a maiden drilling marketing campaign at Mt Alexander this quarter.

Queensland Pacific Metals (ASX: QPM)

Australia-based Queensland Pacific Metals this week introduced it had entered into an funding and offtake settlement with General Motors Holdings for the Townsville Energy Chemicals Hub (TECH) mission.

Under the phrases of the deal, General Motors shall be eligible to buy all uncommitted nickel and cobalt sulphate produced within the first 15 years of TECH section one.

If the corporate commits to a further funding at last funding choice, its offtake rights shall be prolonged throughout the lifetime of the mission, and it is going to be granted the best to buy 100% of section two offtake.

General Motors has additionally agreed to make a conditional dedication of as much as $108 million by the use of an fairness subscription to Queensland Pacific, and can subscribe for $31.4 million in shares at $0.18 per share.

The funding shall be used for TECH’s ongoing improvement and building.

Adveritas (ASX: AV1)

Ad fraud mitigation developer Adveritas has reported an annualised revenue of more than $3 million following new contract wins within the 2022 monetary yr.

The determine represents a 78% improve on the beginning of the calendar yr and displays the signing of latest shoppers from pay-per-click (PPC) and cell and affiliate options.

Adveritas attributed the expansion to direct gross sales and Google Cloud Marketplace contracts for fraud mitigation software program TrafficGuard, together with an accelerated shopper renewal price.

Dreadnought Resources (ASX: DRE)

Dreadnought Resources has confirmed that assays from drilling on the Yin ironstone complicated inside the Mangaroon mission in Western Australia have returned thick, high-grade rare earth element mineralisation.

The outcomes have been generated from 43 reverse circulation holes accomplished in December alongside the primary 3km strike of the 16km Yin pattern.

The firm’s rig has since commenced exploration on the first 5 of seven carbonatites (C1-C7) that are believed to be a regional supply of uncommon earth parts.

Taruga Minerals (ASX: TAR)

Over in South Australia, Taruga Minerals this week introduced the discovery of clay-hosted rare earth element mineralisation from floor on the Mt Craig mission.

Drilling on the Morgans Creek prospect returned the very best values of dysprosium-terbium and neodymium-praseodymium intercepted thus far.

The mineralisation additionally incorporates low thorium and uranium that are helpful for downstream processing of REE concentrates, in addition to low cerium.

Taruga stated the outcomes verify the Mt Craig geological mannequin and have elevated the Morgans Creek main strike to 1.4km.

Incannex Healthcare (ASX: IHL)

Incannex Healthcare progressed two medication in its portfolio this week, with phase 2 trials for IHL-675A in the works following preliminary optimistic section 1 security information.

During the section 1 trial, IHL-675A was well-tolerated and no critical opposed occasions reported to-date. Participants shall be monitored till the tip of the month, with full trial information anticipated early subsequent yr.

The section 2 research will consider IHL-675A in treating rheumatoid arthritis, lung irritation and inflammatory bowel illness.

Earlier within the week, Incannex introduced it had completed a pre-investigational new drug (IND) application meeting with the US FDA referring to its drug IHL-216A for treating traumatic mind damage.

Incannex requires an IND earlier than it will possibly undertake trails within the US and guarantee its research meet the FDA’s information necessities.

Recharge Metals (ASX: REC)

Drilling at a brand new down gap transient electromagnetic (DHTEM) conductor at Recharge Metals’ Brandy Hill South has intercepted “significant” sulphide zones.

Two diamond holes have been accomplished on the DHTEM conductor and unearthed zones of huge sulphides, blebby sulphides and disseminated sulphides.

The holes totalled 843.8m and an additional three shall be undertaken throughout two different high-priority anomalies.

Recharge managing director Brett Wallace stated he was wanting ahead to seeing the assays for these holes together with eight beforehand accomplished pre-collar holes.

The week forward

In Australia, employment information for September is out subsequent week, which is predicted to indicate that unemployment within the nation is sitting at 3.4%.

Earnings experiences to notice subsequent week are from Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO), BPH (ASX: BHP), Telstra (ASX: TLS), Woodside Energy (ASX: WDS) and Brambles (ASX: BXB).

Overnight within the US, retail gross sales numbers shall be launched indicating how shoppers are reacting to quickly altering market situations. Sales numbers are anticipated to come back in at 0.2%, down from 0.4% progress the month prior.

Next week within the US, new residence and present residence gross sales information is predicted to mirror a slowdown brought on by current rate of interest rises and the elevated value of residing.

In China, gross home product numbers shall be value keeping track of, with 3.3-3.5% GDP anticipated, which might be a significant bounce from 0.4% the earlier quarter.

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