After a 2020 pandemic-hiatus, the Met Gala is back on in New York, giving celebrities their annual chance to one-up each other with some epic costumes/outfits.

From Lil Nas X’s three-part Versace extravaganza to Kim Kardashian’s all-black attire, there were plenty of head-turners.

And this ‘Tax the Rich’ number from House Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got the hot-take engine fired up…


On markets, the ASX 200 is trading flat in Tuesday trade ahead of all-important US inflation data later tonight.

“The US August headline CPI print will likely show inflation beginning to top-out,” CBA analyst Elias Haddad said.

Energy stocks are ripping higher, after an OPEC report on the 2022 demand outlook moved oil markets overnight.

The ASX 200 Energy index posted an outsized gain of 4% into midday trade, leaving it on track for its biggest daily gain since June.

ASX SMALL CAP WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for September 14 [intraday]:

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ASX small caps were left in the dust today by gold/nickel explorer Metal Hawk (ASX:MHK), which announced the discovery of “massive nickel sulphide mineralisation” at its Berehaven nickel project, 20km east of Kalgoorlie.

That prompted a meteoric rise of more than 250% in morning trade, before the stock went into a trading halt at 11:13am AEST pending a further announcement.

Elsewhere among small cap leaders, medicinal cannabis play Cronos Australia (ASX:CAU) took a seat near the head of the table, after announcing a cash-and-scrip merger with Queensland-based medicinal cannabis company, CDA Health.

And investors responded positively to a corporate presentation from data analytics company Pointerra (ASX:3DP) at the bi-annual ASX Small and Mid-Cap Conference.

3DP shares rose more than 17% to climb back above 40c, but the stock is still well off the 12-month highs above 90c it reached in late-February.

ASX SMALL CAP LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for September 14 [intraday]:

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