If you have a passing interest in rituals, watch the final few seconds of this video, which includes a clip of some sort of satanic rite:

As the ABC’s own MediaWatch asks; what was going on there?

It’s a good question, but either way a few Twitter conspiracy theorists are already having a field day over it….

To the markets…..

Despite the plunge in iron ore prices overnight, the ASX 200 is holding up and is up by 0.20% heading into the midday trading.

Materials sector was the main laggard, down by 1%, while Consumer Staples led the pack at half time, up by 1.8%.

Treasury Wine Estates (ASX:TWE) over-performed the Staples, rising by 5%. There was no news on TWE today, but yesterday the company had announced a $250 million in profits and declared a final dividend of 13c a share.

Overnight, the iron ore price tumbled by 13.5% to $US132.66 a tonne, on demand concerns from China. The iron ore spot price has now tumbled by 45% from its highs in May.

But the price reaction to that has been somewhat subdued this morning, with BHP (ASX:BHP) falling just 0.8% and Fortescue (ASX:FMG) even rising by 1.2%.

Meanwhile, the ASX Emerging Companies Index (XEC) has dropped by 1.2% at midday.

ASX SMALL CAP WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for August 20 [intraday]:

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
CLZ Classic Min Ltd 0.0015 50 19484508 $ 22,369,104.43
ICL Iceni Gold 0.225 29 2460317 $ 19,386,498.78
KNM Kneomedia Limited 0.014 27 13617597 $ 12,063,479.95
MEP Minotaur Exploration 0.135 23 716877 $ 55,147,306.28
OVT Ovato Limited 0.003 20 670000 $ 30,532,030.63
LNU Linius Tech Limited 0.034 17 15737228 $ 49,093,202.97
WHK Whitehawk Limited 0.195 15 4769423 $ 38,602,672.14
AYM Australia United Min 0.008 14 275070 $ 12,898,042.40
IDT IDT Australia Ltd 0.525 14 1387677 $ 110,335,678.20
PRS Prospech Limited 0.09 13 1 $ 5,201,647.12
NAG Nagambie Resources 0.075 12 14450 $ 33,495,467.18
DXB Dimerix Ltd 0.335 12 1202760 $ 59,699,789.10
AQS Aquis Ent Ltd 0.195 11 1106 $ 6,250,855.80
LBT LBT Innovations 0.11 11 235575 $ 28,622,401.24
SBW Shekel Brainweigh 0.155 11 128000 $ 21,444,500.00
DXN DXN Limited 0.011 10 150000 $ 11,053,185.36
BNR Bulletin Res Ltd 0.055 10 6960 $ 8,964,653.70
RBL Redbubble Limited 4 10 7756014 $ 995,977,611.72
AIB Aurora Glb Trust 0.115 10 4100 $ 731,513.16
SGI Stealth Global 0.115 10 869 $ 10,468,500.00
KMT Kopore Metals Ltd 0.023 10 480700 $ 13,553,166.90
AMS Atomos 1.445 9 1732040 $ 288,397,443.84
A3D Aurora Labs Limited 0.12 9 138954 $ 16,818,611.70

Iceni Gold (ASX:ICL) is up by 20% after announcing the issuance of new ICL shares at 22.5c as part of its $2.025m capital raising to fund the drilling campaign at the Deep Well Target in WA.

Cybersecurity company WhiteHawk (ASX:WHK) rose 15% on no news. However, the company announced yesterday that it had renewed its contract with the US Federal Government for US$608k, with an option for additional US$505k.

Nagambie Resources (ASX:NAG) rose 11% after saying that it has received a permit for its Nagambie Gold Mine in Victoria.

Potash and iron ore miner BCI Minerals (ASX:BCI), climbed almost 6% after reporting a full year group NPAT of $22m, which is a substantial increase from the $4m profit reported in FY20.

Chimeric Therapeutics (ASX:CHM) climbed 5% after announcing that it has received received IND (investigational new drug) clearance from the US FDA for CHM 1101 (CLTX CAR T) for treating glioblastoma.

Financial company MyState (ASX:MYS) rose 3.5% on solid earnings. MYS reported a 20.9% increase in NPAT to $36.3m for the full year of FY21.

ASX SMALL CAP LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for August 20 [intraday]:

Code Company Price Move % Volume Market Cap
PCL Pancontinental Oil 0.0015 -25 12050000 $ 12,233,430.97
BAS Bass Oil Ltd 0.002 -20 2449009 $ 8,359,753.04
VIC Victory Mines Ltd 0.002 -20 3637399 $ 16,375,631.93
AO1 Assetowl Limited 0.006 -14 100000 $ 5,713,435.74
AXE Archer Materials 1.76 -14 4043287 $ 464,521,353.84
FEL Fe Limited 0.055 -13 4691602 $ 47,572,079.00
DDD 3D Resources Limited 0.0035 -13 2706558 $ 15,521,488.37
MRD Mount Ridley Mines 0.0035 -13 1875479 $ 20,060,494.29
GWR GWR Group Ltd 0.21 -13 1487311 $ 72,668,746.32
EVE EVE Investments Ltd 0.004 -11 2 $ 17,294,138.51
VMS Venture Minerals 0.088 -11 16137660 $ 132,089,337.67
ZMM Zimi Ltd 0.016 -11 4176758 $ 10,857,339.63
CHR Charger Metals 0.535 -11 861384 $ 19,200,000.60
TTA TTA Holdings Ltd 0.034 -11 46279 $ 5,222,089.58
BUX Buxton Resources Ltd 0.09 -10 84512 $ 13,605,543.20
AFW Applyflow Limited 0.009 -10 12927089 $ 29,442,621.39
CTO Citigold Corp Ltd 0.009 -10 2737008 $ 28,336,590.91
NWE Norwest Energy NL 0.009 -10 2555233 $ 51,166,148.36
SIH Sihayo Gold Limited 0.009 -10 2846203 $ 36,854,614.13
EM1 Emerge Gaming Ltd 0.028 -10 17965794 $ 34,758,281.28
88E 88 Energy Ltd 0.0345 -9 90044651 $ 514,692,809.83

IoT and smart home specialist Zimi (ASX:ZMM) fell by 11% after raising $3.85m in institutional placements at 1.5c a share.