Ahead of tonight’s presidential debate, US voters still appear split on their preferred candidate at the upcoming election on November 3.

But there are no such doubts in the southern Romanian town of Deveselu, where villagers re-elected mayor Ion Aliman even though he died two weeks ago.

The villagers voted to return Aliman to office with around 64 per cent of the vote, as a posthumous show of respect for his work in previous terms.

Aliman died on September 17 from complications due to COVID-19. His name was already on the voting ballots and a number of villagers gathered at his grave after voting. New elections will now be scheduled.

On local markets, the ASX200 started higher following a strong session on Wall Street overnight, but was unable to maintain its momentum and had drifted close to flat by midday trade.

It was more bullish among the small caps, where the ASX Emerging Companies Index rose more than one per cent.

WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Tuesday, September 29:

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TICKER NAME PRICE % CHANGE MARKET CAP
CCE Carnegie Cln Energy 0.0015 50 $ 11,141,452
PLL Piedmont Lithium Ltd 0.37 35 $ 317,713,057
ANL Amani Gold Ltd 0.002 33 $ 11,757,295
PSL Paterson Resources 0.004 33 $ 12,010,063
RLC Reedy Lagoon Corp 0.017 31 $ 6,106,539
INR Ioneer Ltd 0.13 30 $ 168,215,741
NAE New Age Exploration 0.0155 29 $ 10,665,365
ARO Astro Resources NL 0.009 29 $ 10,240,383
NGY Nuenergy Gas Ltd 0.015 25 $ 17,771,466
VAL Valor Resources Ltd 0.005 25 $ 7,683,392
RNU Renascor Res Ltd 0.0135 23 $ 18,121,171
PM1 Pure Minerals Ltd 0.022 22 $ 13,226,365
BOT Botanix Pharma Ltd 0.11 22 $ 87,542,824
DVL Dorsavi Ltd 0.02 21 $ 7,637,108
CZN Corazon Ltd 0.003 20 $ 8,133,398
ECG Ecargo Hldg 0.024 20 $ 12,305,000
ROG Red Sky Energy 0.003 20 $ 5,090,458
FRX Flexiroam Limited 0.019 19 $ 6,511,023
HSC HSC Technology Group 0.019 19 $ 24,134,182
MRL Mayur Resources Ltd 0.045 18 $ 68,073,181

Graphite company Renascor Resources (ASX:RNU) held its gains into midday trade, after signing a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese anode company.

The customer is a subsidiary of the state-owned Fujian Metallurgical Holding Co. Ltd. The MoU provides for “the supply of up to 10,000 tonnes per annum of purified spherical graphite (PSG) over a period of ten years”, RNU said.

And talk of the market Piedmont Lithium (ASX:PLL) continued its strong rally from yesterday after confirming a five-year sales deal with Tesla. Shares in PLL have now climbed more than 300 per cent since September 10.

LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Tuesday September 29:

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TICKER NAME PRICE % CHANGE MARKET CAP
XPE Xped Limited 0.002 -33 $ 5,378,586
BSM Bass Metals Ltd 0.003 -25 $ 13,926,703
CLZ Classic Min Ltd 0.002 -25 $ 26,084,104
YPB YPB Group Ltd 0.003 -25 $ 11,703,290
RML Resolution Minerals 0.043 -25 $ 15,929,835
ICU Isentric Ltd. 0.125 -19 $ 46,257,642
DTR Dateline Resources 0.0025 -17 $ 24,630,234
WBE Whitebark Energy 0.0025 -17 $ 12,189,377
XTC Xantippe Res Ltd 0.0025 -17 $ 12,223,693
BKY Berkeley Energia Ltd 0.555 -16 $ 170,679,577
INV Investsmart Group 0.073 -13 $ 11,492,910
TSL Titanium Sands Ltd 0.048 -13 $ 26,795,053
DCX Discovex Res Ltd 0.007 -13 $ 9,569,313
TMK Tamaska Oil Gas Ltd 0.007 -13 $ 7,120,000
VIC Victory Mines Ltd 0.0035 -13 $ 17,665,286
ADS Adslot Ltd. 0.023 -12 $ 47,944,163
SCN Scorpion Minerals 0.088 -11 $ 20,692,768
TYX Tyranna Res Ltd 0.004 -11 $ 5,770,623
AWV Anova Metals Ltd 0.025 -11 $ 40,126,638