It’s been a partnership that in many ways seemed mutually beneficial to the casual observer.

But news reports this morning suggest all is not well with Donald Trump and Twitter, the social media site that he typically communicates on multiple times a day.

Overnight, the US President accused Twitter (via a series of tweets) of stifling free speech and interfering with the 2020 federal election.

The latest round in Trump’s ongoing battle with Silicon Valley started on Tuesday, when Twitter added a fact-check link to two of Trump’s tweets on the topic of mail-in ballots.

Trump is now expected to sign an executive order on social media companies later tonight, the details of which haven’t yet been shared.

Elsewhere on the geopolitical front, Chinese lawmakers are expected to give the go-ahead for a new National Security Law for Hong Kong today, as Beijing looks to tighten its grip on the semi-autonomous state.

Overnight, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Congress that the Trump administration no longer believed Hong Kong to be autonomous from China — a shift which could influence Hong Kong’s status as a global financial hub.

Amid all that geopolitical chaos (and a global pandemic), the local stock market continued its march higher this morning as it stayed on track for another day of strong gains.

The ASX200 climbed back above 5,900 points with a gain of more than 2 per cent, bringing its weekly gain to almost 8 per cent. The Small Ords Index also rose again, up 1.4 per cent to 2,675.9 points into midday trade.

 

WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Thursday May 28:

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CODE COMPANY PRICE % CHANGE MARKET CAP
AVW Avira Resoures 0.003 50.00% $2.3M
CLZ Classic Minerals Ltd 0.002 100.00% $8.2M
OEX Oilex 0.003 50.00% $11.0M
TYX Tyranna Resources 0.006 50.00% $6.3M
ESE Esense-Lab 0.014 40.00% $2.7M
PUR Pursuit Minerals 0.007 40.00% $2.5M
CTE Cryosite Ltd 0.18 38.46% $8.4M
SCU Stemcell United Ltd 0.017 41.67% $10.9M
CSE Copper Strike Ltd 0.04 33.33% $4.3M
MAY Melbana Energy 0.009 28.57% $20.9M
LPD Lepidico 0.009 28.57% $46.8M
IP1 Integrated Payment Technologies 0.01 25.00% $3.1M
DHR Dark Horse Resources 0.003 25.00% $5.0M
MGT Magnetite Mines 0.003 25.00% $4.5M
XTC Xantippe Resources 0.003 25.00% $6.7M
VRS Veris 0.036 24.14% $14.6M
SPZ Smart Parking Ltd 0.14 21.74% $52.1M
ACB A-Cap Energy 0.012 20.00% $10.5M
NEA Nearmap 2.29 19.27% $1.0B
EXP Experience 0.17 17.24% $94.5M

 

Medical storage company Cryosite (ASX:CTE), which specialises in controlled temperature storage for biopharmaceutical companies, was among the winners. The stock rose by more than 50 per cent in morning trade to 20c, on no news.

Surveying and planning specialist Veris (ASX:VRS) also rose strongly, after announcing it had secured additional contracts with new and existing clients (including BHP and Oz Minerals) to the value of $4.3m.

 

LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Thursday May 28:

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CODE COMPANY PRICE % CHANGE MARKET CAP
PNN Pepinnini Minerals Ltd 0.001 -50.00% $1.5M
ARN Aldoro Resources 0.097 -44.57% $5.1M
CCE Carnegie Clean 0.001 -33.33% $11.1M
VAL Valor Resources 0.001 -33.33% $1.9M
PCL Pancontinental Oil&Gas 0.001 -33.33% $5.4M
EUR European Lithium 0.065 -27.78% $57.1M
MOQ MOQ 0.14 -20.00% $31.1M
JPR Jupiter Energy 0.024 -20.00% $4.6M
CL8 Collaborate Corporation Ltd 0.008 -20.00% $11.5M
SIT Site Group International Ltd 0.031 -18.42% $30.6M
GLH Global Health Ltd 0.115 -17.86% $4.8M
JDR Jadar Resources 0.012 -14.29% $6.3M
AZI Alta Zinc 0.005 -28.57% $11.0M
EGR Ecograf 0.073 -13.10% $22.6M
EM1 Emerge Gaming 0.014 -12.50% $9.2M
GMR Golden Rim 0.007 -12.50% $8.6M
SBR Sabre Resources Ltd 0.004 -12.50% $2.6M
AVE Avecho Bio 0.007 -12.50% $11.2M
CML Chase Mining 0.015 -11.76% $3.1M