Which ASX 300 shares are leading the way on Monday?

Which shares are making a move on the ASX 300?

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The S&P/ASX 300 Index (ASX: XKO) is off to a poor start on Monday, erasing all of last week’s gains.

During afternoon trade, the ASX 300 is down 1.54% to 7,294 points. Currently, the index is around 4.5% off its all-time high of 7,625 points reached on 13 August.

Let’s take a look at which ASX companies are the biggest movers today.

AusNet Services Ltd (ASX: AST)

The Ausnet share price is rocketing 17.93% to $2.335 in early afternoon trade.

The energy provider received a non-binding offer from Brookfield Asset Management to acquire 100% of its shares at $2.50 apiece. This represents 26% premium to Ausnet’s last closing price of $1.98 and a 35% premium to its 30-day volume-weighted average share price (VWAP).

Ausnet has decided to let Brookfield conduct due diligence on an exclusive basis to put forward an offer.

Novonix Ltd (ASX: NVX)

The Novonix share price is storming 4.83% to another all-time high of $4.29.

The company hasn’t released any market-sensitive news of late, however, anticipated demand in lithium-ion batteries seems to be the catalyst. Furthermore, the spot price for lithium carbonate has roared to 153,000 Chinese yuan per metric tonne (roughly A$32,700).

Novonix has also been added to the ASX 300 Index today after surging in value due to investor interest.

Endeavour Group Ltd (ASX: EDV)

Another strong mover for the start of the week is the Endeavour share price, up 3.42% to $6.66.

The drinks company hasn’t released any price-sensitive news to the ASX since its full-year results late last month.

It appears investors are buying up Endeavour shares after they hit a monthly low of $6.43 on Friday. Its shares were recently trading as high as $7.50 in August.

And which ASX 300 companies are heading the other way?

Champion Iron Ltd (ASX: CIA)

Freefalling today is the Champion Iron share price, down a sizeable 14.38% to $4.375.

The iron ore miner’s shares are coming under pressure following weakness in the spot price of iron ore. The steel-making ingredient’s price has fallen by more than 23% over the past month.

Paladin Energy Ltd (ASX: PDN)

Also being weighed down by investors today is the Paladin share price, down 15.53% to 87 cents.

The uranium company’s shares are plunging after investors are largely taking profit off the table. Its shares rose to incredible highs over the last few weeks, reaching a multi-year high of $1.12.

It is worth noting that the company’s share price is up 520% since this time last year and above 260% year-to-date.

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