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.


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

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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.


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

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