It sounds like the plot of Sister Act 3, but a nun in the US has been jailed after stealing US$800k to fund her gambling habit.

Mary Margaret Kreuper swore to a life of poverty but the 80-year-old Californian nun just couldn’t resist the bright lights of Vegas – diverting US$835,000 of school funds from the Catholic elementary school where she was the principal to pay for gambling jaunts and fancy holidays.

District Judge Otis D Wright II told Kreuper that he had wrestled with what to do with her, and acknowledged she had been a good teacher for many decades, “but somewhere along the line, you just ran completely off the road, and I think you understand that”, he said.

“At least I hope you do.”

The nun was sentenced to 12 months and one day behind bars – but it remains to be seen if Whoopi will come back for a reboot.


To Markets …

The ASX 200 is up 14.20 points or 0.20% at midday today to 7200.90.

In Europe, there’s speculation about the European Central Bank raising interest rates this year and, in the US, the S&P 500 is still down 5.5% in 2022 after selling off in January.

“It just looks like people are very happy sort of buying the dip,” said Katie Nixon, chief investment officer at Northern Trust Wealth Management. “We have very strong markets across the board here.”

With results in from about 60% of S&P 500 companies, analysts expect profits rose 30% in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, according to FactSet. That is up from estimates for 21% growth at the end of September.

At the same time, several companies have adopted a wary tone about the path ahead.

As of late last week, 34 companies in the S&P 500 had given earnings guidance for the first quarter that was lower than analysts had been expecting, while 13 companies had issued guidance higher than the average earnings estimate, according to FactSet.

“The guidance we’re hearing from companies is understandably cautious,” said Tom Plumb, president and portfolio manager at Plumb Funds.

“It’s feeding, in some cases, the anxiety people have about political and economic events and Federal Reserve policy.”


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

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Code Company Price % Market Cap
WOO Wooboard Tech Ltd 0.002 100% $3,822,162.74
RFT Rectifier Technolog 0.079 84% $59,120,869.72
NTL New Talisman Gold 0.002 33% $4,690,838.04
CPN Caspin Resources 0.91 26% $50,270,911.20
BUX Buxton Resources Ltd 0.105 24% $11,564,711.72
GRE Greentechmetals 0.35 21% $7,996,749.71
GO2 Thego2People 0.042 20% $14,232,338.89
TRN Torrens Mining 0.18 20% $10,449,740.70
PNX PNX Metals Limited 0.006 20% $18,260,967.56
ADY Admiralty Resources. 0.019 19% $20,857,266.45
NVU Nanoveu Limited 0.035 17% $6,472,134.21
SMX Security Matters 0.245 17% $34,859,774.67
CT1 Constellation Tech 0.007 17% $8,827,202.22
MBK Metal Bank Ltd 0.007 17% $15,646,908.96
MTM Mtmongerresources 0.195 15% $4,812,705.61
ST1 Spirit Technology 0.195 15% $111,605,748.17
AFW Applyflow Limited 0.004 14% $10,351,628.12
SRN Surefire Rescs NL 0.016 14% $15,460,345.73
TSC Twenty Seven Co. Ltd 0.004 14% $9,312,848.67
HMX Hammer Metals Ltd 0.072 14% $51,344,661.25
WC8 Wildcat Resources 0.033 14% $18,712,909.08
IQ3 Iq3Corp Limited 0.125 14% $11,477,510.11
MEI Meteoric Resources 0.017 13% $22,894,460.57
M2R Miramar 0.215 13% $9,464,853.80
KFM Kingfisher Mining 0.26 13% $7,876,350.23
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The biggest small cap winner today was Wooboard (ASX:WOO) up on no news, followed by Rectifier Technology (ASX:RFT) up 84% after receiving ~$US20m in purchase orders from EV unicorn Tritium for the supply of modular power units for high powered EV chargers.

The company says it’s a “significant milestone” for both parties, with the orders scheduled to be delivered before the end of CY22.

Then there’s New Talisman Gold (ASX:NTL), up 33% on no news.

And Caspin Resources (ASX:CPN) was up 26% after announcing it hit a “significant zone of nickel-copper-PGE mineralisation” at Yarawindah Brook.

CEO Greg Miles said it’s a “captivating result”.

“This is the first time we’ve been able to demonstrate continuous PGE mineralisation from surface into the basement rocks at potentially economic levels,” he said.

“The geological setting is also different from what we’ve previously observed within the Central Yarabrook Hill area and is more akin to mineralised settings at Gonneville.

“We’ve opened up a new and exciting exploration front and taken a substantial leap forward on the pathway to discovery.”

Also up on no news was Buxton Resources (ASX:BUX), followed by Greentech Metals (ASX:GRE) up 21% on the intersection of high grade copper and zinc at ‘Whundo’ in WA.

The company is aiming to expand the current indicated resource of 2.7Mt at 1.14% copper and 1.14% zinc (for 30,000t contained copper and 30,000t contained zinc).



Code Company Price % Market Cap
WEC White Energy Company 0.03 -81% $123,916,595.04
VMG VDM Group Limited 0.001 -67% $20,782,982.86
ANL Amani Gold Ltd 0.0015 -25% $45,866,882.25
LKO Lakes Blue Energy 0.0015 -25% $84,764,843.88
AVD Avada Group Limited 0.7 -20% $64,476,155.04
MLS Metals Australia 0.0025 -17% $15,715,672.08
AIB Aurora Glb Trust 0.105 -16% $859,416.50
OAK Oakridge 0.25 -15% $5,072,725.31
SLM Solismineralsltd 0.32 -14% $11,679,050.00
PHO Phosco Ltd 0.13 -13% $36,194,660.70
RAN Range International 0.013 -13% $13,541,143.32
RAB Adrabbit Limited 0.033 -13% $7,060,455.37
TG1 Techgen Metals Ltd 0.11 -12% $5,442,770.75
CLE Cyclone Metals 0.004 -11% $22,969,066.42
MAY Melbana Energy Ltd 0.057 -11% $171,092,024.45
AAP Australian Agri Ltd 0.025 -11% $8,542,785.33
BTR Brightstar Resources 0.036 -10% $21,874,434.76
BUD Buddy Tech 0.009 -10% $34,838,873.30
OEX Oilex Ltd 0.0045 -10% $35,564,757.60
POW Protean Energy Ltd 0.009 -10% $6,506,129.63
AHK Ark Mines Limited 0.195 -9% $6,677,922.15
ESH Esports Mogul Ltd 0.005 -9% $17,720,966.79
PNM Pacific Nickel Mines 0.091 -9% $27,110,918.90
LEX Lefroy Exploration 0.31 -9% $49,597,387.12
CE1 Calima Energy 0.21 -9% $118,239,372.44
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