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Local stocks will open significantly lower today. As of 8:00 am AEST, the ASX 200 September futures contract is pointing down more than 2%.

Who lists?

Octava Minerals (ASX:OCT)

IPO: $6M at $0.20

This lithium, platinum group metals (PGMs), nickel sulphide and gold explorer has properties in the Pilbara, with its flagship project, the East Pilbara Talga Lithium and Gold Project.

The recent successes of other exploration companies, such as e.g Global Lithium Resources (ASX:GL1), has shown that significant lithium-bearing pegmatites are prevalent in the region.

Talga is located approximately 10 km northeast of GL1’s Archer lithium deposit where an Inferred Resource of 10.5 Mt grading 1.0% Li20 was reported in a similar geological setting.

Octava’s portfolio also includes the Panton North and Copernicus North nickel and PGM projects and the Yallalong PGE, gold and nickel sulphide project.

Trading stops

Atlas artery (ASX:ALX) – ALX is planning a capital increase through an accelerated subscription offering, which sounds like a drag race to the side of a pile of cash

Dotz Nano (ASX:DTZ) – Proposed placement with a US-based institutional fund, which sounds like an internship gig, but it isn’t

TechGen Metals (ASX:TG1) – Capital increase

Lithium Energy (ASX:LEL) – Capital increase

Whitebark Energy (ASX:WBE) – Capital increase

Aspen Group (ASX:APZ) – Raising equity through an institutional placement, which is a very polite way of saying put your mother in a home and spend the inheritance.


Gold: $1,701.85 (-1.29%)

Silver: $19.32 (-2.29%)

Nickel (3 months): $24,100/t (-1.94%)

Copper (3 months): $7,830/t (-1.58%)

Lithium Carbonate, China (Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, August 17): $71,200/t (+90.2% YTD)

Lithium Hydroxide, China (Benchmark Minerals Intelligence, August 17): $71,775/t (+127.4% YTD)

Oil (WTI): $87.60 (-0.20%)

Oil (Brent): $93.30 (-0.75%)

Iron 62pc Fe: $101.43 (+0.02%)

AUD/USD: 0.6729 (-0.5%)

Bitcoin: $20,239 (-9.40%)


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(Shares highlighted in yellow rose after announcements during the trading day).

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Critical Resources (ASX:CRR), ended the day 30% higher due to “thick, high-grade intercepts with intercepts of exceptionally high-grade lithium oxide” at Mavis Lake.

Dalaroo Minerals (ASX:DAL) gained 19% and added several more lead-zinc sulphide intersections during its initial drill program at Browns in Gascoyne.


(Stocks highlighted in yellow fell on announcements during the trading day).

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