Local stocks have taken a breather from all the trouble and strife on Wednesday, with the ASX 200 on track to snap a three-day losing streak into midday trade.

But if broken commodity markets and an ugly war in eastern Europe (that’s creating a forced unwind of the complex global trade patterns which underpin the international economy) aren’t your thing, there’s always the Sessho-seki killing stone in Japan.

A staple of Japanese mythology, the ‘killing stone’ apparently houses (or housed) the evil spirit of a nine-tailed fox, which embedded itself inside the rock to evade capture.

In what can only be described as a veteran move, the fox spirit also imbued the rock with a poisonous gas that would kill anyone who touches it.

And a rope on top…

Picture: Wikimedia Commons

But in a recent twist, reports emerged that the rock has now split in half. Either the fox spirit broke free, or cracks formed in the volcanic rock due to natural erosion…

It’s 2022. Let’s roll with the “demon spirit unleashed on the world”.

Back to markets, and risk appetite has picked up today as investors navigate the choppy global conflict waters.

That shift was best demonstrated by the outperformance of ASX tech stocks, which typically trade with a high-beta trend (outsized moves up or down, depending on the direction of risk sentiment).

In line with the more tranquil market conditions, every major sector posted a gain today — a contrast to the recent volatility where spikes in mining and energy stocks were offset by sharp falls elsewhere.

Oh and if you missed it, nickel markets literally broke last night after a short squeeze sent prices mooning into the stratosphere before the London Metals Exchange said all bets are off.

All nickel bets will probably remain off until Friday, the LME said, as investors and regulators sort through the carnage to try and restore order.


Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for March 9 [intraday]:

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Code Company Price % Market Cap
BUD Buddy Tech 0.007 40.0% $17,562,625
TZN Terramin Australia 0.042 31.3% $67,730,007
MAY Melbana Energy Ltd 0.145 26.1% $307,764,447
K2F K2Fly Ltd 0.195 25.8% $21,405,041
BAS Bass Oil Ltd 0.0025 25.0% $9,225,363
SBR Sabre Resources 0.005 25.0% $8,139,255
COB Cobalt Blue Ltd 0.715 20.2% $182,853,706
SHH Shree Minerals Ltd 0.018 20.0% $15,948,553
CT1 Constellation Tech 0.006 20.0% $7,356,002
IHR intelliHR Limited 0.13 18.2% $37,281,899
HSC HSC Technology Group 0.013 18.2% $22,250,133
EL8 Elevate Uranium Ltd 0.64 17.4% $141,980,212
RIM Rimfire Pacific 0.007 16.7% $10,837,468
ROG Red Sky Energy. 0.007 16.7% $31,813,363
XST Xstate Resources 0.0035 16.7% $9,645,545
OMX Orangeminerals 0.145 16.0% $5,152,500
FTZ Fertoz Ltd 0.19 15.2% $37,728,410
HMX Hammer Metals Ltd 0.099 15.1% $70,089,538
AMD Arrow Minerals 0.004 14.3% $6,383,761
POW Protean Energy Ltd 0.008 14.3% $4,554,291
ICL Iceni Gold 0.12 14.3% $13,460,625
WHK Whitehawk Limited 0.1425 14.0% $28,465,594
OAU Ora Gold Limited 0.017 13.3% $14,736,684
3DA Amaero International 0.215 13.2% $38,554,572
PVE Po Valley Energy Ltd 0.026 13.0% $23,152,799
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Junior resources stock Terramin Australia (ASX:TZN) is still on the ramp, after yesterday’s announcement where it said its Algerian joint venture partners have agreed to proceed with the development of Tala Hamza, one of the largest undeveloped zinc and lead deposits in the world.

And ASX investors who were holding shares in Cuba-based oil player Melbana Energy (ASX:MAY) to start the year are now sitting on a 7-bagger after the stock breached 14c this morning — a 7x gain from its 2c level in January.

Investors have been impressed with the company’s drilling updates at its Alameda-1 well, part of its Block 9 contract area in onshore Cuba, amid a global surge in oil prices.

Melbana pressed pause on its latest drill program after encountering high-pressure zones which resulted in an “influx of hydrocarbons into the well-bore. Here’s MAY executive chairman Andrew Purcell:

“This well continues to have plenty to say to us and we’re enjoying hearing it,” Purcell said.

The results will give Melbana’s geoscientists “more to think about when considering what this may mean for our understanding of the subsurface and the resource potential of Block 9”, he added.


Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for March 9 [intraday]:

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Code Company Price % Market Cap
JAV Javelin Minerals Ltd 0.0015 -25.0% $15,136,506
VMG VDM Group Limited 0.0015 -25.0% $13,855,322
EM1 Emerge Gaming Ltd 0.019 -24.0% $28,030,872
NIC Nickel Mines Limited 1.14 -22.7% $3,869,148,129
VPR Volt Power Group 0.0025 -16.7% $28,033,601
YRL Yandal Resources 0.23 -14.8% $31,344,719
MCT Metalicity Limited 0.006 -14.3% $17,765,072
OEX Oilex Ltd 0.0035 -12.5% $28,451,806
TRU Truscreen 0.063 -12.5% $26,126,370
SBW Shekel Brainweigh 0.14 -12.5% $26,911,200
HCT Holista CollTech Ltd 0.032 -11.1% $9,912,567
PKO Peako Limited 0.016 -11.1% $5,552,174
SMR Stanmore Resources 1.55 -10.4% $467,804,880
RBX Resource B 0.175 -10.3% $7,789,779
CLV Clover Corporation 1.315 -10.2% $243,833,591
GLH Global Health Ltd 0.27 -10.0% $16,994,818
MOB Mobilicom Ltd 0.045 -10.0% $16,096,836
TSN The Sust Nutri Grp 0.135 -10.0% $18,090,958
CLE Cyclone Metals 0.0045 -10.0% $25,521,185
CTO Citigold Corp Ltd 0.009 -10.0% $28,336,591
PNX PNX Metals Limited 0.0045 -10.0% $22,220,289
BPP Babylon Pump & Power 0.01 -9.1% $12,664,053
LCT Living Cell Tech. 0.005 -9.1% $5,656,000
EME Energy Metals Ltd 0.2 -9.1% $46,130,329
SMX Security Matters 0.21 -8.7% $38,072,420
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~$4bn nickel player Nickel Mines (ASX:NIC) slumped sharply in morning trade, after global nickel markets seized up overnight.

The stock fell more than 20% before going into a trading halt, with little information other than its resumption of trade “pending a further announcement”.