Lithium developer Lake Resources [ASX:LKE] has gained 160% since falling to 60 cents in mid-July.
After peaking at $2.65 in April, the lithium stock fell 75% to 60 cents in July as exuberance left the sector and Lake Resources confronted a negative short report from J Capital.
Since then, LKE has bounced back sharply.
The S&P/ASX 200 ended 1.12% higher on Thursday, buoyed by the consumer discretionary and information technology sectors.
The biggest market movers at the close:
Following an extraordinary general meeting yesterday, BNPL stock Openpay has determined to accept over-subscriptions received under the share purchase plan (SPP) announced in May.
Accepting over-subscriptions means OPY can exceed its previously stated $2 million cap on the SPP.
Openpay now wants to raise $5.75 million under the SPP, leaving the door open for a further increase.
In its June quarterly, OPY reported having $10.4 million in cash, with $532.3 million in available funding facilities.
The SPP ends today at 5pm.
Uranium miner Lotus Resources today released details of a Definitive Feasibility Study which it said confirmed Kayelekera — its Malawi uranium project — as a ‘low-cost, quick restart uranium operation.’
Lotus said Kayelekera ranks of one of the lowest capital uranium projects globally, with an ability to ‘quickly recommence production (15 months development for construction/refurbishment) once a Final Investment Decision has been made.’
The post-tax NPV at an 8% discount rate was estimated at US$193 million, assuming pricing for uranium of US$75/lb.
LOT shares are trading largely flat on Thursday and are down 25% year to date.
The biggest market movers on the All Ords at midday:
The latest numbers are in…
US inflation for July has officially cooled to 8.5%. That’s a decent reprieve from the 41-year high figure of 9.1% in June.
For investors, this is a good sign that ‘peak inflation’ may really be behind us. We will, however, have to wait and see if the monthly trend continues to be sure. Because while I’d be surprised if this data is a one-off anomaly, it is still possible.
So while we’re not out of the inflationary woods just yet, this is the first step to clearing the way.
All of which begs the question: what’s the Fed’s next move?
Powell and co may feel less inclined to resort to big hikes from here on out. I’d certainly be surprised if we saw more 75-basis-point rises in the near future. Having said that, reports from Reuters suggest they’re not going to slowdown just yet either:
‘The Fed is “far, far away from declaring victory” on inflation, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari said at the Aspen Ideas Conference, despite the “welcome” news in the CPI report.
‘Kashkari said he hasn’t “seen anything that changes” the need to raise the Fed’s policy rate to 3.9% by year-end and to 4.4% by the end of 2023.’
Whether it’s this year or next, all signs suggest to me that the Fed will need to start cutting rates pretty soon. They simply can’t afford to send the US into a recession, especially with ongoing geopolitical tensions between both Russia and China.
That’s why last night’s inflation figures were so important.
It is our first confirmation that the Fed may be slowing down the US economy…something that it should have started doing 12 months ago.
But I digress…
The point isn’t that they were too slow to keep inflation under control; the bigger concern is that they’ll overstep the mark trying to keep it under wraps. Because if they keep hiking throughout the remainder of 2022 and into 2023, a recession will be all but guaranteed.
Read full article here.
Freelancing and crowd-sourcing marketplace Freelancer will merge its freight divisions Freightlancer and Loadshift to form what it calls ‘Australia’s largest freight marketplace’.
FLN said the two divisions have delivered 125 million kilometres of freight across the country in the last 12 months.
Freelancer CEO Matt Barrie commented:
Merging our freight division into one platform is a significant milestone for the business. Combining the two platforms will give our carriers more opportunities to find loads, while offering shippers access to more carriers across Australia. Today, we are moving everything from grain to machinery across the country.
Freightlancer and Loadshift will merge under the Loadshift banner, with the latter becoming a full marketplace platform for freight.
Loadshift will introduce a 3% fee for shippers and a 10% fee for carriers.
In the last 12 months, FLN said Loadshift processed a notional gross load value of $350 million of freight posted.
Over the past 12 months, FLN is down 60%.
Bitcoin has breached US$24,000, currently trading at US$24,410.
Since hitting a multi-year low in mid-June, bitcoin has gained nearly 30%.
Headline US inflation was unchanged in July, coming in below expectations.
Core inflation, measuring prices less food and energy, also came in lower than expected.
So, has inflation peaked?
Forget the zero headline; core inflation takes a dive last month, coming in at an annualized 3%, driven by a decrease in services. Compare it to the ~5% average it's been at since October 2021.
One month doesn't make a trend, but the most encouraging print I could have imagined. pic.twitter.com/gVpmusKpo1
— Mike Konczal (@mtkonczal) August 10, 2022
Holy cow: There was ZERO inflation last month. That's the headline number, which is well below expectations of +0.2%.
Also a good core inflation reading: +0.3%, also below expectations of 0.5%.
Finally some good news on the inflation front. We've likely seen the inflation peak.
— Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) August 10, 2022
93% of US tech stocks are trading above their 50-day moving averages in a broad rally for the sector.
The rally isn’t exclusive to tech. 84% of S&P 500 stocks are also trading above their 50-day moving averages.
We've seen a breadth thrust on this rally with 84% of S&P 500 stocks back above their 50-DMAs. Tech's reading is now at 93%.
— Bespoke (@bespokeinvest) August 10, 2022
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the CPI was unchanged in July as declining gasoline prices offset shelter and food increases.
The CPI was unchanged in July on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 1.3% in July.
Over a 12 month basis, the index rose 8.5%, down from the 9.1% increase for the period ending June.
The gasoline and energy index fell 7.7% and 4.6% respectively over the month.
The index for all items except food and energy rose 0.3% in July, smaller than in April, May, or June.
July CPI #inflation eased: +8.5% y/y vs. +8.7% est. & +9.1% in prior month; core +5.9% vs. +6.1% est. & +5.9% prior … headline CPI unchanged m/m vs. +0.2% est. & +1.3% in prior month; core +0.3% vs. +0.5% est. & +0.7% prior pic.twitter.com/XUulz4Ssu9
— Liz Ann Sonders (@LizAnnSonders) August 10, 2022
A great CPI report. If you use the unrounded numbers the headline was actually -0.02%, deflation! Core was +0.3%, the lowest since September 2021. The more intertial parts of core, eg rent, slowed too.
I only update a little based on 1 month but the update is a good one. pic.twitter.com/Uk2pgfiQcr
— Jason Furman (@jasonfurman) August 10, 2022
The tech-heavy US index has gained over 20% since mid-June, although it is still down 18% this year.
The Nasdaq rose 2.9% overnight after softer-than-expected inflation figures released in the US.
Tech and consumer-discretionary stocks have led recent bull run while bond yields continue to fall as markets bet the Fed will soon ease the pace of its interest rate hikes.
The yield on the 10-year US Treasury fell to 2.786% overnight from an 11-year high of 3.482% on June 14.
The S&P 500 is also on the move, making back nearly 50% of its bear market losses.
Didn’t make it today but S&P 500 has come very close to clawing back 50% of its bear market decline
[Past performance is no guarantee of future results] pic.twitter.com/YJ0qNZUmZL
— Liz Ann Sonders (@LizAnnSonders) August 10, 2022
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