Remember the Sydney man who in May somehow contracted COVID-19 and was named the “barbecue man” because he visited several BBQ shops around Sydney?

After months of avoiding the spotlight, the Australian Financial Review (which publicly named him) reports he is now embracing it.

While by day he is a private equity executive, he is also a guitar player for Eastern Suburbs band The Distractions.

His profile on the band’s website says he,” is, at heart, a rhythm and blues man, loving to solo from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and anything classic or new that rocks.”

And last week, the band released a new single that poked fun at his predicament – albeit through the title only. But everyone in Sydney could sympathise with the lyrics.

“Out of the trackies/back into jeans, ditch the masks/go out at night, we won’t be we won’t be missing Gladys at 11am/ social distanced lockdowns, goodbye to them”.

 

To markets…

Despite fears that the ASX would fall in light of negative futures and a sell off on Wall Street, local markets are slightly higher this morning.

The energy sector rebounded after losing 1% yesterday but tech lost 1.1%. In line with the lingering risk-off sentiment, the defensive healthcare led the market for the second straight day with a gain of 2%.

ASX SMALL CAP WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for December 21 [intraday]:

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Total Brain (ASX:TTB) announced a license with Janssen Research and Development for a study looking into treatments for depression.

Marley Spoon (ASX:MMM) bounced off recent lows near 70c — off from its post-pandemic highs above $3.50 — after flagging plans to buy Australian ready-to-heat meal company Chefgood.

The deal involves a $21 million upfront payment for 100% of the equity in Chefgood, and additional earn-outs of up to ~$5.6 million over the next two and a half years based on revenue targets.

ASX SMALL CAP LOSERS

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

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Goldie Nexus Minerals (ASX:NXM) fell after an exploration update.

Despite announcing some positive drilling results, it recorded no significant intercepts in one particular hole which was drilled down a post mineralisation structure.