Dogs are capable of sniffing out coronavirus-infected people with an almost perfect success rate, according to a German university study.

Eight dogs from Germany’s armed forces were instructed to sniff out COVID-19 in the saliva of +1,000 healthy and infected people.

They achieved a 94 per cent success rate after just one week of training.

Trained dogs could be deployed to detect infections at places such as airports, border crossings and sporting events, according to the researchers.

The results of the study are “incredibly exciting”, Professor Holger Volk says.

“We have created a solid foundation for future studies to investigate what the dogs smell and whether they can also be used to differentiate between different times of illness or clinical phenotypes,” he says.

 

In Markets…

On Friday, both US and European share markets fell on rising China vs US tensions (which also prompted gold to punch up through $US1,900/oz for the first time in yonks).

Last week’s retreat in the US followed an unbelievable rally that took the S&P 500 up to ~5 per cent below its record high reached in February this year, Morningstar reports.

“The bellwether index is now near break-even for the year, while the Nasdaq has gained more than 15 per cent year-to-date,” it says.

Second-quarter earnings season charges ahead, with 128 S&P 500 companies having reported.

Of those, 80.5 per cent have cleared “a very low bar” of analyst expectations, according to Morningstar.

The ASX is currently bucking the negative trend, with the benchmark ASX200 edging up 0.2 per cent to 6,035.9 points in morning trade.

 

WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Monday July 27:

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CODE COMPANY PRICE CHANGE MARKET CAP
LLO Lion One Metals 4.5 139.36% $222.4M
PNN Pepinnini Minerals 0.002 50.00% $1.6M
MLS Metals Australia 0.003 50.00% $6.4M
SI6 Six Sigma Metals 0.009 41.67% $6.4M
GTE Great Western Exploration 0.14 40.00% $14.3M
FPL Fremont Petroleum 0.004 33.33% $8.5M
OAR Oakdale Resources 0.004 33.33% $5.6M
CZL Consolidated Zinc 0.004 33.33% $10.0M
EQE Equus Mining 0.015 29.17% $21.2M
REX Rex Minerals 0.225 28.57% $69.7M
RMI Resource Mining Corporation 0.009 28.57% $2.7M
AME Alto Metals 0.091 28.17% $27.0M
GGE Grand Gulf Energy 0.005 25.00% $1.9M
IDZ Indoor Skydive AUS Group 0.005 25.00% $1.7M
CLZ Classic Minerals 0.003 25.00% $19.8M
ALT Analytica 0.003 25.00% $3.5M
AOA Ausmon Resources 0.005 25.00% $3.2M
CAD Caeneus Minerals 0.005 25.00% $17.5M
SFG Seafarms 0.07 22.81% $161.1M
AML Aeon Metals 0.135 22.73% $91.5M

 

Gold explorers are dominating the winners column today.

Fiji-focused gold explorer Lion One Metals (ASX:LLO) hit high-grade feeder zones at its Tuvatu gold project.

Intercepts, including 12.7m grading 46.14 grams per tonne (g/t) underneath the existing high-grade deposit, sent the stock up ~140 per cent in morning trade.

Other gold winners this morning included Metals Australia (ASX:MLS) +50 per cent, Great Western Exploration (ASX:GTE) +40 per cent, Equus Mining (EQE) +29 per cent, Rex Minerals (ASX:RXM) 28 per cent, and Alto Metals (ASX:AME) 28 per cent.

 

LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Monday July 27:

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CODE COMPANY PRICE CHANGE MARKET CAP
GLA Gladiator Resources 0.001 -33.33% $2.0M
VPR Enerji 0.001 -33.33% $18.3M
QFY Quantify Tech 0.001 -33.33% $2.0M
LCT Living Cell Technologies 0.012 -20.00% $6.9M
MLS Metals Australia 0.002 -20.00% $6.4M
IPT Impact Minerals Ltd 0.022 -18.52% $34.3M
YOW Yowie Group Ltd 0.025 -16.67% $5.5M
LI3 Lithium Consolidated Mineral 0.02 -16.67% $3.1M
DTZ Dotz Nano 0.135 -15.63% $42.5M
APH Australian Primary Hemp 0.11 -15.38% $7.7M
RIM Rimfire Pacific Mining NL 0.006 -14.29% $9.5M
PCK PainChek 0.12 -14.29% $126.3M
SER Strategic Energy Resources 0.006 -14.29% $7.2M
APV AppsVillage Australia 0.12 -14.29% $9.2M
SCT Scout Security 0.081 -13.83% $9.7M
MNS Magnis Resources Ltd 0.225 -13.46% $143.1M
ADD Adavale Resources Ltd 0.013 -13.33% $2.2M
CGO CPT Global Ltd 0.1 -13.04% $3.8M
OSP Osprey Medical Inc 0.049 -12.50% $70.4M

 

ECS Botanics (ASX:ECS) was down 20 per cent following a ~$850,000 cap raise, done at a 30 per cent discount to the last closing price.

Prescient Therapeutics (ASX:PTX) also fell after announcing a $6.5m raise at a 16 per cent discount to its last traded share price.