Asia Update

Commentary

9 January, 2020

Investors seem to have brushed off the threat of WW3 as the US administration has claimed no substantive damage or US troops harmed.
Scomo has confirmed Australian troops will remain in Iraq.
And billionaire Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest makes a staggering $70 million pledge to national bushfire relief.
Back to markets…

This afternoon, Australian shares rose strongly on Thursday, coming within a whisker of hitting fresh record highs during the session.
The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 rose 56.6 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 6874.2, propelled higher by gains in all sectors except for energy.
At its highs, the benchmark came within 4.5 points of joining the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite which all hit record levels on Wednesday, driven by an easing in risk aversion as the United States offered a measured response to an Iranian missile attack targeting Iraqi bases used by its earlier in the session.

“Iran-US tensions have de-escalated dramatically over the past 24 hours, despite the Iranian missile strikes yesterday,” said Tapas Strickland, economist at the National Australia Bank. “Some geopolitical analysts classed the strike as more symbolic in nature and being a ‘warning shot’ designed not to inflict too much damage on US assets.”
Source: SMH
 
Local Equity News
Lake Resources (ASX: LKE) has generated a 99.9% pure battery grade lithium carbonate from its Kachi lithium brine project in Argentina.
In what Lake claims is a “ground breaking” result, the 99.9% lithium carbonate was produced at Lilac Solutions’ ion exchange plant in California using disruptive technology after nine months of detailed test work.

In addition to the high purity lithium product, impurities such as iron and boron were “very low”, which was a key focus for Lake.
Lake managing director Steve Promnitz said the achievement was also “potentially ground breaking for industry” and that potential offtake customers would welcome the “very low levels of impurities”.
The next stage will be to deliver greater volumes of lithium carbonate from Kachi brines, which will be used to engage with potential offtake parties.

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Source: Small Caps
Asian Market News
Across Asia, stocks rebounded on Thursday and oil edged up as the United States and Iran backed away from the brink of further conflict in the Middle East and investors unwound safety plays.
U.S. President Donald Trump responded overnight to an Iranian attack on U.S. forces with sanctions, not violence. Iran offered no immediate signal it would retaliate further over a Jan. 3 U.S. strike that killed one of its senior military commanders.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1%, as did Hong Kong’s Hang Seng and Shanghai blue chips, reversing Wednesday’s losses.

Japan’s Nikkei rose 1.8%, lifting stocks to their highest for the year so far, while Australian stocks climbed 1% to just below December’s record high.
Source: CNBC
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Company name: Digital Wine Ventures (ASX:DW8)
Sector: Consumer Discretionary
Year: 2019
Deal Type: Placement
Raise Amount: $1.6m
Price Change: $0.0060 Unchanged

Company name: Candy Club (ASX:CLB)
Sector: Consumer Discretionary
Year: 2018, 2019
Deal Type: Seed, Bridging and IPO
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Price Change: $0.069 Unchanged

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Sector: Technology
Year: 2018
Deal Type: Seed and IPO
Raise Amount: $10m
Price Change: $0.040 Unchanged

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Sector: Mining
Year: 2017
Deal Type: Seed & IPO
Raise Amount: $5m
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Sector: Mining
Year: 2017
Deal Type: IPO & Placement
Raise Amount: $6m
Price Change: $0.054 Unchanged

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Sector: Healthcare Equipment and Services
Year: 2016
Deal Type: IPO
Raise Amount: $8m
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Sector: Biotechnology
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