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Dow Jones closed up 0.2%, ASX futures down ahead of market open in Sydney

Dow Jones closes up 71.37 points (0.2%). ASX futures trading lower with ASX set to fall 35 points (-0.48%). Bitcoin is trading at US$43,000. The Dow Jones rose 0.2% to finish the trading day up 71 points to close at 34,869 points. Earlier, markets in Europe had strong sessions as London’s FTSE and Germany’s DAX…

Dow Jones closed up 0.1%, ASX futures down ahead of market open in Sydney

Dow Jones closes up 33.18 points (0.1%). ASX futures trading lower with ASX set to fall 35 points (-0.48%). Bitcoin is trading at US$44,000. The Dow Jones rose 0.1% to finish the trading day up 33 points to close at 34,798 points. Earlier, markets in Europe were weaker as London’s FTSE fell 0.4% while Germany’s…

The cost of becoming a puppy-parent has skyrocketed as much as 900% in 2021.

Groodle puppies have skyrocketed 900% in price from 2010 to 2021. The price of a Corgi puppy in Australia has surged 649% since 2010. Instagram trends and work-from-home directives fuelled the puppy price inflation during the pandemic. Lonely lockdowns, travel restrictions and social media feeds with adorable puppies have sent both demand and the cost…

Paradigm Biopharmaceuticals finished the week on a high with progression for its PPS drug.

ASX closed lower; Computershare hit a 52-week high; Paradigm Biopharmaceuticals rallied on trial approval The ASX200 closed 0.37% lower on Friday at 7342.60 points. Computershare hit a 52-week high as founder resigned from the board. Paradigm Biopharmaceuticals rallied on approval for phase 3 clinical trial. The Australian market closed 0.37% lower at 7342.60 on Friday…

Dow Jones closed up 1.5%, ASX futures down ahead of market open in Sydney

Dow Jones closes up 506.5 points (1.5%). ASX futures trading lower with ASX set to fall 35 points (-0.48%). Bitcoin is trading at US$45,000. The Dow Jones rose 1.5% to finish the trading day up 507 points to close at 34,765 points. Earlier, markets in Europe were mixed as London’s FTSE fell -0.07% while Germany’s…

Brickworks broke through the pandemic with a 95% increase in net profit.

ASX closed green; Identitii soared on new agreement; Brickworks rallied on FY21 results The ASX200 closed 1% higher on Thursday at 7370.20. Identitii soared 19% on agreement with Standard Chartered Australia. Brickworks rallied after releasing mixed FY21 results. The Australian market rallied on Thursday to close the session 1% higher at 7370.20, with all sectors…

Aviation is booming…if you have small planes

Total domestic passengers have fallen by two thirds since the COVID-19 pandemic, while travellers on chartered flights have grown by 35 per cent. With a fleet of 48 aircraft, Alliance Aviation was the only ASX-listed airline to post a profit in the first half of the 2021FY as revenue from chartered flights grew by 176…

ASX closed lower; PointsBet tumbled on capital raise; Qantas stands down 2500 workers

ASX200 closed 0.23% lower at 7474.50 on Tuesday. PointsBet tumbled just under 14% today on capital raising completion. Qantas dipped as 2500 workers stood down as COVID crisis worsens. The Australian market closed Tuesday’s session 0.23% lower at 7474.50 as Energy stocks weighed down the key index, offsetting a more than 4.5% gain for the…

Why GDP Matters

Gross Domestic Product measures the value a nation creates over a specified period. GDP is a vital statistic for tracking an economy’s overall performance. GDP is affected by government spending, consumption, investment and exports.  Gross Domestic Product or GDP is a vital measure of how much economic value a nation creates over a specified period…

$415 million sugar hit for the underdogs as Afterpay investors cash in.

BNPL companies add $415 million to their collective value on Afterpay acquisition news. Zip Co surged $376 million in value, while Sezzle added $23 million & Humm gained $16 million on Afterpay’s acquisition news. Square acquiring Afterpay for $39 billion is the largest acquisition in Australian history. Australian buy now pay later companies added a…

The new trend electrifying our roads

Electric cars are powering up in Australia, with sales of electric cars, motorbikes and trucks surging by 60% in the last 12 months.   Battery powered vehicle registrations doubled to 23,000 according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Whilst Elon Musk’s Tesla attracts a large media following, just over 3000 Teslas were registered in Australia…

What is shorting?

Short selling (or ‘shorting’) inverts the most basic rule of investment, which is to buy low and sell high. Investors who short sell bet on stocks they believe will go down. Short selling is risky and complicated, but the returns can be very big. An investor who short sells borrows shares from a broker at…

What are bonds?

Bonds are like IOU notes. Bonds are a form of debt broken up into smaller parts and sold to investors. In finance, bonds are referred to as Fixed Income Securities.

How to buy shares

Shares represent part ownership of a business, and can be bought by anyone legally able to acquire them on the share market. Individuals can buy shares through managed funds, crowdfunding and employee share schemes and Direct Stock Purchase Plans. Most transactions are handled by stockbrokers and approved by third parties. Every day millions of shares…

What is an IPO?

An IPO (or Initial Public Offering) provides a first impression of a company according to the stock market. An IPO is the very first time a company opens itself up to sell its stock to public investors. Opening itself up to public investment usually provides a company with the opportunity to raise much more capital…

Will Bitcoin boom or bust in El Salvador?

Bitcoin plummeted 19% in a day as El Salvador adopted it as legal tender. El Salvador is the first country to give Bitcoin the same status as the US dollar. Protests, technical outages and volatility resulted from El Salvador’s adoption. Protests, technology issues and a nosedive for the world’s largest cryptocurrency was not the way…

An increasing number of companies entering the crypto space fuelled the recent crypto rally.

Grady Wulff chatted with Dave from the Crypto Den about current crypto trends and newcomers to keep an eye on.

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92 Energy Limited (ASX: 92E) has announced a trading halt. There are a few reasons why a stock would go into a trading halt. It is generally ahead of a news announcement. Trading halts are typically enacted in anticipation of a news announcement, to correct an order imbalance, as a result of a technical glitch…

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Invex Therapeutics Limited (ASX: IXC) has announced a trading halt. There are a few reasons why a stock would go into a trading halt. It is generally ahead of a news announcement. Trading halts are typically enacted in anticipation of a news announcement, to correct an order imbalance, as a result of a technical glitch…

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Armour Energy Limited (ASX: AJQ) has announced a trading halt. There are a few reasons why a stock would go into a trading halt. It is generally ahead of a news announcement. Trading halts are typically enacted in anticipation of a news announcement, to correct an order imbalance, as a result of a technical glitch…

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Sandfire Resources Limited (ASX: SFR) has announced a trading halt. There are a few reasons why a stock would go into a trading halt. It is generally ahead of a news announcement. Trading halts are typically enacted in anticipation of a news announcement, to correct an order imbalance, as a result of a technical glitch…

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Threat Protect Australia Limited (ASX: TPS) has announced a trading halt. There are a few reasons why a stock would go into a trading halt. It is generally ahead of a news announcement. Trading halts are typically enacted in anticipation of a news announcement, to correct an order imbalance, as a result of a technical…

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Metals Australia Ltd (ASX: MLS) has announced a trading halt. There are a few reasons why a stock would go into a trading halt. It is generally ahead of a news announcement. Trading halts are typically enacted in anticipation of a news announcement, to correct an order imbalance, as a result of a technical glitch…

Eastern state residents flock west to escape the COVID-crisis

Our business journalist Grady Wulff spoke to REIWA Deputy President Joe White about the growing popularity of moving west.

Moving to the country, gonna escape a lot of COVID

Regional migration at record highs during the pandemic. Queensland the state of choice for regional migration. Noosa and Southern Downs saw the largest growth of new migrants. The great escape from COVID has seen the number of people migrating to the country reach an historical high, according to the Regional Movers Index, by Commonwealth Bank…

Are you team IDT or CSL to make local COVID-19 vaccines?

ASX lower; Pro Medicus hit a fresh record on FY results; IDT surged 27% on vaccine report. Grafa Daily Update – 18 August 2021

‘Fortress Australia’ strangling Universities as international enrolments slide

Australia’s university sector is facing the perfect storm of closed international borders and increased competition from the United Kingdom and the United States as enrolments fell by 16% during the first semester of 2021.  Data published by the Australian Government’s Department of Skills, Education and Employment reveals the toll of ‘fortress Australia’ on the education…

Struggle street to find staff

One in five businesses say they currently don’t have enough staff. The number of understaffed businesses is rising. The number of understaffed businesses is rising. Almost 20% of Australian businesses say they don’t have enough staff to sustain current operations, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The hardest hit sectors are construction…

Career change on hold as pandemic prompts workers to stay put in job

Career change on hold as pandemic prompts workers to stay put in job Workers retrenched, rather than leaving jobs of their own accord in 2020. Number of retrenched workers rose by 60% in 2020. Proportion of workers voluntarily changing jobs fell from 26% in 2019 to 21.7% in 2020. Only one in five workers voluntarily…

380% timber price surge cuts down ‘wood-be’ homeowners

Jack Baxter Timber prices soared 380% to record highs this year as domestic suppliers contend with surging global demand. Domestic timber supplies waver following 8.5 million hectares of forest burned in the 2019/20 bushfires. $1.6 billion in residential construction remains on hold as 9,800 households await the completion of their dream home. Australian builders have…

Our beef with meat: Your next barbecue just hit a snag

Beef prices have increased 25% in the last five years. Legs of lamb retailing at $35. Biggest rise in more than 20 years. Throwing a steak on the barbecue is becoming a luxury for many Australians as the cost of beef registers $23 per kilogram, representing a rise of more than 25% in the last…

Paradigm Biopharmaceuticals finished the week on a high with progression for its PPS drug.

ASX closed lower; Computershare hit a 52-week high; Paradigm Biopharmaceuticals rallied on trial approval The ASX200 closed 0.37% lower on Friday at 7342.60 points. Computershare hit a 52-week high as founder resigned from the board. Paradigm Biopharmaceuticals rallied on approval for phase 3 clinical trial. The Australian market closed 0.37% lower at 7342.60 on Friday…

Brickworks broke through the pandemic with a 95% increase in net profit.

ASX closed green; Identitii soared on new agreement; Brickworks rallied on FY21 results The ASX200 closed 1% higher on Thursday at 7370.20. Identitii soared 19% on agreement with Standard Chartered Australia. Brickworks rallied after releasing mixed FY21 results. The Australian market rallied on Thursday to close the session 1% higher at 7370.20, with all sectors…

It was a big day of patent approval for two Aussie companies!

ASX closed higher; Archer Materials rallied on US patent; Imugene surged on Japanese patent approval The ASX200 closed 0.32% higher on Wednesday at 7296.90. Archer Materials surged following US patent granted for CQ quantum. Imugene jumped 5.49% after receiving patent approval in Japan. The Australian market maintained a strong rally throughout the midweek session to…

Webjet shares lifted off today as investors eye a return to international travel!

ASX closed green; Webjet rose on return to travel; Kathmandu fell despite impressive FY21 results The ASX200 closed 0.35% higher on Tuesday at 7273.80. Webjet shares lifted off as investor optimism rose for a return to travel. Kathmandu fell on FY22 impacts, despite releasing solid FY21 results. The Australian market overcame a morning decline to…

What a day for Zoom2u after announcing a contract with Telstra!

ASX closed new 20-day low; Zoom2u skyrocketed on Telstra deal; Cettire soared on retail sales The ASX200 closed 2.1% lower at 7248.20 to start the week. Etherstack soared more than 7% following AT&T order. Zoom2u Technologies skyrocketed almost 20% on Telstra deal. The Australian market closed sharply lower today, down 2.10% at 7248.20 to start…

What are your thoughts on IRESS and EQT walking away from acquisition talks?

ASX closed lower; IRESS tumbled 10% as EQT walks away; Cettire soared on retail sales The ASX200 closed 0.76% lower at 7403.70 on Friday. IRESS tumbled more than 10% following EQT acquisition talks ending. Cettire soared almost 14% on US retail sales strength in August. The Australian market closed 0.76% lower on Friday at 7403.70…

Gamers Vs Workers – the great Aussie divide during the pandemic

Almost 250,000 Australians took up multiple jobs in the June 2021 quarter compared to the June 2020 quarter. Secondary jobs soared 33% in Australia over the 2020-2021 financial year. Around 762,000 Australians joined the video game industry in 2020. Lockdowns throughout the pandemic have left Aussies with an abundance of time on their hands and…

Will Bitcoin boom or bust in El Salvador?

Bitcoin plummeted 19% in a day as El Salvador adopted it as legal tender. El Salvador is the first country to give Bitcoin the same status as the US dollar. Protests, technical outages and volatility resulted from El Salvador’s adoption. Protests, technology issues and a nosedive for the world’s largest cryptocurrency was not the way…

Side hustle, or tax-time write-off? Startups on the rise

34,868 new businesses registered in Australia in June. 150,000 new businesses registered this year. New business growth up 19% over five years. The pandemic is fueling a surge in Aussie startups, with a total of 34,868 new businesses registered in June, according to data by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC).  The growth in…

Your used car is a-ppreciating. Seriously.

Australia’s most popular new car in 2018, the Toyota Hilux, has a private sale value equivalent to the original MSRP of $56,000 today. The global used car price index is up 37.1% in August 2021 compared to the same month in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic. Surging used car valuations have been the result of…

Aviation is booming…if you have small planes

Total domestic passengers have fallen by two thirds since the COVID-19 pandemic, while travellers on chartered flights have grown by 35 per cent. With a fleet of 48 aircraft, Alliance Aviation was the only ASX-listed airline to post a profit in the first half of the 2021FY as revenue from chartered flights grew by 176…

Construction costs are soaring, so where can you still build a house?

The median house price in Sydney has surged 115% in the last 8-years. The price of timber is up 380%, steel is 44% higher & the cost of bricks have tripled. Pandemic induced labour & materials shortages, supply chain issues and bushfires drive the hike in materials costs. Despite the cost of building a house…

Celsius Resources delivers excellent copper recoveries from MCB project

Calculated weighted average recoveries indicate an average copper recovery of 94% and gold recovery of 79%. Copper recoveries of 96.7% and gold recoveries of 85.3% were achievable. Metallurgical testwork completed by ALS in Perth indicates for all the defined ore types at the MCB Copper- The copper-gold concentrate is of a high quality with an…

Dow Jones closed up 0.1%, ASX futures down ahead of market open in Sydney

Dow Jones closes up 33.18 points (0.1%). ASX futures trading lower with ASX set to fall 35 points (-0.48%). Bitcoin is trading at US$44,000. The Dow Jones rose 0.1% to finish the trading day up 33 points to close at 34,798 points. Earlier, markets in Europe were weaker as London’s FTSE fell 0.4% while Germany’s…

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92 Energy Limited (ASX: 92E) has announced a trading halt. There are a few reasons why a stock would go into a trading halt. It is generally ahead of a news announcement. Trading halts are typically enacted in anticipation of a news announcement, to correct an order imbalance, as a result of a technical glitch…

STOP!

Invex Therapeutics Limited (ASX: IXC) has announced a trading halt. There are a few reasons why a stock would go into a trading halt. It is generally ahead of a news announcement. Trading halts are typically enacted in anticipation of a news announcement, to correct an order imbalance, as a result of a technical glitch…

Dow Jones closed up 1.5%, ASX futures down ahead of market open in Sydney

Dow Jones closes up 506.5 points (1.5%). ASX futures trading lower with ASX set to fall 35 points (-0.48%). Bitcoin is trading at US$45,000. The Dow Jones rose 1.5% to finish the trading day up 507 points to close at 34,765 points. Earlier, markets in Europe were mixed as London’s FTSE fell -0.07% while Germany’s…

STOP!

Armour Energy Limited (ASX: AJQ) has announced a trading halt. There are a few reasons why a stock would go into a trading halt. It is generally ahead of a news announcement. Trading halts are typically enacted in anticipation of a news announcement, to correct an order imbalance, as a result of a technical glitch…

$415 million sugar hit for the underdogs as Afterpay investors cash in

$415 million sugar hit for the under dogs as Afterpay investors cash in BNPL companies add $415 million to their collective value on Afterpay acquisition news. Zip Co surged $376 million in value, while Sezzle added $23 million & Humm gained $16 million on Afterpay’s acquisition news. Square acquiring Afterpay for $39 billion is the…

Why are consumers spitting chips in the search for a PS5?

Why are consumers spitting chips in the search for a PS5? Subscribe to the Grafa app today! In the week ahead – Will travel stocks tumble as increasing COVID-19 outbreaks pop up on the East Coast? How will the big banks respond to last week’s outage? Can the ASX continue to soar past record highs…

Gamers spitting chips over delays to PlayStation 5 consoles

Gamers spitting chips over delays to PlayStation 5 consoles   Highlights Computer chip shortage impacting production of PlayStation 5. Data by information platform Grafa shows chip shortages impacting production of PlayStation 5 consoles. Consoles competing with cars for crucial computer chips. MEDIA RELEASE, June 22, 2021: Gamers clamouring to upgrade to Sony’s PlayStation 5 may…

Are you a long mac topped up? Or an almond latte kinda coffee order?

Are you a along mac topped up? Or an almond latte kinda coffee order? Subscribe to the Grafa app today! Will WA’s hard border return for the whole East coast? UK GDP data will indicate the impact of increased vaccinations on the country’s economic recovery. Wednesday, 30th June, 1130 AEST Australian Private Sector Credit MoM…

Time to buy a house? – property on a tear

Defi what? “Get with the decentralised times. What is DeFi? Decentralised Finance is a cryptocurrency revolution and Jonathan DeCarteret from Bumper joined Grafa’s Grady Wulff to give the low down. In the week ahead – Will COVID-19 outbreaks in Australia hit travel stocks again this week? Can the ASX continue to climb? Will the US…

The end of the line for JobKeeper

The end of the line for JobKeeper How will the end of JobKeeper affect employment? With the end of the Federal Government’s wage subsidy program will businesses be forced to lay off staff? In the US, will President Biden’s US$1.9 trillion stimulus package and his 200 million vaccination milestone boost US consumer confidence to a…

What’s a Bull and a Bear market?

Bull and Bear are basic terms for describing a market’s performance. A Bull market is rising like a bull thrusting its horns upward, while a Bear market is falling like a bear swiping its paws down. Investors deploy different tactics and methods depending on whether they are engaging a Bull or Bear market.

What is shorting?

Short selling (or ‘shorting’) inverts the most basic rule of investment, which is to buy low and sell high. Investors who short sell bet on stocks they believe will go down. Short selling is risky and complicated, but the returns can be very big. An investor who short sells borrows shares from a broker at…

What are bonds?

Bonds are like IOU notes. Bonds are a form of debt broken up into smaller parts and sold to investors. In finance, bonds are referred to as Fixed Income Securities.

How to buy shares

Shares represent part ownership of a business, and can be bought by anyone legally able to acquire them on the share market. Individuals can buy shares through managed funds, crowdfunding and employee share schemes and Direct Stock Purchase Plans. Most transactions are handled by stockbrokers and approved by third parties. Every day millions of shares…

What is Capex and Opex?

Business expenses can be split into two general categories – Capex and Opex. Capital expenditure (Capex) are costs incurred through investment in equipment, training or other assets that improve long-term performance. Operational expenditure (Opex) involves expenses incurred from daily activities such as wages and power bills. It costs money to run a business, but there…

Why GDP Matters

Gross Domestic Product measures the value a nation creates over a specified period. GDP is a vital statistic for tracking an economy’s overall performance. GDP is affected by government spending, consumption, investment and exports.  Gross Domestic Product or GDP is a vital measure of how much economic value a nation creates over a specified period…

Market debut IPO: Kuniko

Kuniko (ASX:KNI) has debuted on the Australian stock exchange today. Following its debut, shares of Kuniko rose 325% to 85c/share. An increase in listing price is a vote of confidence from the market about the future prospects of the company. A decrease in the listing price can be interpreted in a number of ways, including…

Update Grafa on iOS and Android

How to update Grafa on iOS Open the App Store app. Select (tap) your profile (The circle) on the top right of the screen. Scroll down see the apps that haven’t auto updated and select ‘Update’ (on the right hand side of the Grafa app, if the button says ‘Open’ then the app is more…

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