Australian share market updates for the week ending 31 January 2021
- Chart of the week;
- Upcoming and recent IPOs;
- Director trades;
- Buybacks; and
- Short sales.
Chart of the week
The Goldman Sachs Non-profitable Technology Index has soared since the COVID-19 market lows in March last year. The index tracks unprofitable tech companies in the US. The rise is mainly being attributed to retail investors buying individual stocks and options while in lockdown with excess cash, stimulus checks and free brokerage.
Source: Bloomberg, Financial Times
Upcoming Initial public offerings (IPOs)
Companies that have recently applied to the ASX for listing. Click here for a full list of upcoming ASX IPOs.
Juno Minerals Ltd (ASX: JNO) is an independent mining company based in Perth, Western Australia with two iron ore development projects in the Yilgarn region of Western Australia.
Companies that commenced trading this week.
Pentanet Ltd (ASX: 5GG) is a Perth-based licensed telecommunications carrier and internet service provider.
5GG raised $22,460,000 by the issue of 89,840,000 shares at an issue price of $0.25 per share.
The company listed on Friday at $0.74 and finished the day at $0.59.
Director buys can be a sign that those with the most insight into a company view its shares as undervalued. Knowledgeable “insiders” are the best placed to know what a share is really worth. One or two trades may not be significant, but a larger number by different directors can warrant further investigation.
Click here to purchase a spreadsheet of on-market ASX director trades for the last six months.
Companies with two or more directors buying and no sells in the last 30 days, not mentioned in previous newsletters.
Marvel Gold Ltd (ASX: MVL) is a Mali-focused gold explorer with advanced gold exploration projects and extensive landholdings in South and West Mali.
A buyback, also known as a repurchase, is the purchase by a company of a portion of its outstanding shares. This reduces the number of shares on issue so increases the earnings per share, all else being equal. A company will usually buy shares back when they see them as good value. Click here for the latest buyback announcements.
No new buybacks announced this week.
Shorting a share is betting the price will decrease. It can pay to check short positions in a share you are considering purchasing. Click here for a full list of shorted ASX shares.
The below table shows the twenty most shorted shares on the ASX. Data is lagged 4 days.
Highlighted companies are new entrants to the list from last week.
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