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01 August 2019 06:50 AM
Overseas Market ReportCurrent
PreviousChangeDaily %
Monthly %
Dow Jones Industrial Average26,86427,198-334.00-1.230.55
S&P 5002,9803,013-33.00-1.090.54
FTSE 100 Index7,5877,647-60.00-0.781.19
DAX 3012,189042.000.34-2.65
CAC 40 Index5,5195,5118.000.14-0.88
Nikkei 225 (Japan)21,52221,709-188.00-0.86-0.96
SSE Composite Index2,9332,952-20.00-0.67-3.69
S&P/TSX Composite Index16,40716,466-59.00-0.360.15
NZ 5010,83710,858-21.00-0.193.56
US Volatility (Vix)16
Overseas Market Report

US sharemarkets fell on Wednesday after US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell dampened future interest rate cut expectations. In his press conference, Chair Powell said that the central bank's rate cut was a "mid-cycle adjustment to policy" rather than "the beginning of a long series of rate cuts." But he added "I didn't say it's just one." Apple reported Tuesday evening earnings per share and revenue for the previous quarter that topped analyst expectations, lifting the stock up by 2.0% on Wednesday. After being down by 478 points, the Dow Jones ended lower by 333 points or 1.2%. The S&P500 was down by 1.1% and the Nasdaq lost 98 points or 1.2%. 

Global oil prices rose on Wednesday as US crude inventories fell. US crude stockpiles declined by 8.5 million barrels last week, the EIA said, exceeding analysts' expectations for a decrease of 2.6 million barrels. The Brent crude price rose by US45 cents or 0.7% to US$65.17 a barrel. And the US Nymex price rose by US53 cents or 0.9% to US$58.58 a barrel. 

Base metal prices were mixed on the London Metal Exchange on Wednesday. Nickel (+0.9%) and lead (+0.4%) both rose, but zinc (- 1.1%) and tin (-0.8%) fell by the most. 

The gold futures price fell by US$3.60 or 0.3% to US$1,426.10 an ounce. The spot gold price was trading near US$1,413 an ounce in late US trade. Iron ore fell by US$2.80 or 2.3% to US$118.35 a tonne due to weak Chinese factory data.

PreviousChangeDaily %
Monthly %
Oil Brent65.0564.630.420.65-2.25
Oil - West Texas crude57.9158.58-0.67-1.14-2.00
Gold Spot $/OZ1,415.001,414.
Silver Spot $/OZ16.3016.300.000.097.42
Iron Ore117.00116.200.800.713.92
Thermal Coal Newcastle69.5069.70-0.20-0.29-2.05
APAC Hard Coking Coal FOB155.00160.00-5.00-3.13-17.55
Aluminium ($US/t)1,7711,778-6.00-0.35-0.48
Copper Mar-18 ($US/lb)2.662.67-0.30-0.11-0.62
Lead ($US/t)1,9981,9908.000.414.25
Nickel ($US/t)14,45214,320132.000.9214.54
Zinc ($US/t)2,4422,468-27.00-1.07-4.81
Tin ($US/t)17,31517,450-135.00-0.77-8.06
Uranium ($US/lb)25.0025.000.00-0.592.85
Australian Market ReportCurrent
PreviousChangeDaily %
Monthly %
ASX All Ords6,8976,928-32.00-0.462.45
S&P/ASX 2006,8136,845-33.00-0.482.47
ASX 24 Futures6,723
Australian Market Report

Wednesday 31 July - close. The Australian share market has pulled back from its record highs despite gains for the energy sector. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index finished down 32.5 points, or 0.47 per cent, to 6,812.6 points on Wednesday, while the broader All Ordinaries closed down 31.6 points, or 0.46 per cent, to 6,896.7.

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OXIS Energy to Develop Proof-of-Concept Advanced, Lightweight Lithium Sulfur Cells for BYE AEROSPACE

  • The OXIS Energy Lithium-Sulfur battery cell technology offers significant benefits to aviation and as a result, it is collaborating with Bye Aerospace of Denver, Colorado to produce a common Li-S advanced battery cell for the high voltage battery pack system to be considered for Bye's future electric aircraft. These cells will achieve the higher energy density required for such aircraft. The project will commence in September 2019.
  • Huw Hampson-Jones, CEO OXIS Energy, said, "Aviation is one of OXIS’ target markets, and in the first instance, Regional Rapid Air Taxi Transportation. A key measure of OXIS’ suitability is to be able to consistently produce cells in excess of 400 Wh/kg, which are already undergoing evaluation. OXIS expects to achieve 500 Wh/kg by early 2020. Our Li-S cells and battery systems are ideally suited for aviation. They are over 50% lighter than the current Li-ion cell and battery systems, with the winning formula of a high energy cell at the power required. The use of the same cell format across batteries will also help our customers to minimise cost and improve serviceability."

  • George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, said "New Li-S battery cells from Oxis have the potential to greatly enhance the quality, cost and performance of eFlyer 4 and our other future aircraft projects. Our collaboration with OXIS is separate from the current eFlyer 2 agreements and intentions we have with confirmed and our future supply chain partners.  Bye Aerospace is working with Oxis on the Li-S battery cell characteristics to significantly improve our eFlyer 4 and future air taxi aircraft designs’ performance.  The average age of the global market for Turboprop fleet is 28 years. OXIS has the potential to provide a Li-S battery cell that is truly a game-changer.”

  • In ground tests in Europe, OXIS has already shown that Li-S has demonstrated a significant improvement in simulated flight duration compared with Lithium NMC; it will now undertake a further series of tests which will provide a robust indication of the OXIS Li-S performance.

  • Over the next 18 months, the aim is to move towards the production of commercial cells and battery systems in order to meet the volume roll-out criteria set by Bye Aerospace.

  • Bye Aerospace is conducting a capital raising by way of a Series A2 Preferred Stock Offering to raise US$5m. Please reach out should you want a copy of the term sheet.

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