The US economic recovery will adopt more of a ‘Nike swoosh’ instead of the optimistic ‘quick bounce’ V shape, according to Oxford Economics.

And that’s barring any sharp resurgence of infections and hospitalisations — a real risk with Trump saying the US will not lock down again amid rising COVID-19 cases in California, Florida, Arizona and Texas.

“During the first phase, growth will be strong as employment, consumer spending, and business demand rebound from depressed levels,” says Gregory Daco, chief US economist at Oxford Economics.

“But during the second phase, lingering scars in the form of virus fear, bankruptcies, and regulated social distancing will limit growth.

“And while exceptional growth figures during the first phase will have a nearly irresistible attraction, we should constantly remind ourselves that the economy is only gradually emerging from a very deep hole.

“For example, while the 2.5 million payroll gain in May was the largest ever – and indeed encouraging news – it represents a return of only 10 per cent of the more than 20 million jobs lost in March and April.”

 

Short sellers take a big scalp

In Europe, a former star of the fintech sector crashed more than 60 per cent in a matter of minutes after auditors discovered that €1.9bn ($3.1bn) was missing from its accounts.

Germany-based Wirecard has delayed publishing its annual report and is working with the auditor “to clarify the situation”.

It’s the latest in a string of scandals surrounding the company. In October, the Financial Times reported that Wirecard staff appeared to be conspiring to fraudulently inflate sales and profit at its subsidiaries.

A number of high-profile short sellers were betting against the stock.

Barry Norris, manager of the Argonaut Absolute Return Fund, said Wirecard was his biggest short position.

“During our first-quarter conference call we previously described the company as ‘having more red flags than you would see at a communist rally’,” he said.

 

SMALL CAP WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm on Friday June 19:

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CODE COMPANY PRICE CHANGE MARKET CAP
VPR Volt Power Group 0.002 100.00% $9.2M
APG Austpac Resources 0.002 100.00% $4.3M
AWN AWN Holdings 0.4 53.85% $11.1M
RXH Rewardle Holdings 0.003 50.00% $1.6M
PWN Parkway Minerals 0.003 50.00% $13.7M
YPB YPB Group 0.003 50.00% $3.4M
GMR Golden Rim 0.01 42.86% $12.9M
SER Strategic Energy Resources 0.006 33.33% $7.2M
ESE Esense-Lab 0.02 33.33% $5.1M
CDV Cardinal Resources 0.59 26.88% $297.5M
DTS Dragontail Systems 0.14 27.27% $34.8M
TNT Tesserent 0.07 27.27% $35.8M
MNW Mint Payments 0.024 26.32% $21.9M
SPT Splitit 1.73 25.82% $606.1M
SIH Sihayo Gold 0.03 25.00% $57.3M
ICU Isentric Ltd 0.026 23.81% $5.3M
IP1 Integrated Payment Tech 0.021 23.53% $6.5M
OSP Osprey Medical 0.011 22.22% $16.5M

 

Some good news for WA’s beleaguered lithium sector as Altura (ASX:AJM) locks in a binding, multi-year offtake agreement with battery materials manufacturer and major shareholder Shanshan.

China-based Shanshan has market cap of ~$2.7bn and is one of the world’s largest suppliers of lithium-ion battery materials including cathodes, anodes and electrolytes.

Investors loved the news, sending the stock up +20 per cent in early trade.

Popular African gold play Cardinal Resources (ASX:CDV) has recommended a takeover offer from China’s Shandong Gold Mining that values it at about $300m.

The 60c all-cash offer represents a 39.9 per cent premium to the company’s 20-day volume weighted average price and a 31.1 per cent premium to Russian gold miner Nord Gold SE’s indicative proposal in March.

The stock was up +27 per cent.

 

SMALL CAP LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm on Friday June 19:

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CODE COMPANY PRICE CHANGE MARKET CAP
EGY Energy Tech 0.105 -43.24% $9.0M
TMK Tamaska Oil and Gas 0.004 -33.33% $3.6M
SHK Stone Resources Australia 0.003 -25.00% $3.3M
ONX Orminex 0.032 -20.00% $17.3M
CE1 Calima Energy 0.004 -20.00% $8.6M
CLQ Clean TeQ 0.145 -17.14% $112.0M
IMS Impelus 0.005 -16.67% $4.0M
SGO Stream Group 0.022 -15.38% $4.8M
LRT Lowell Resources Fund 0.81 -14.21% $22.3M
DAF Discovery Africa 0.02 -13.04% $4.0M
CXM Centrex Metals 0.035 -12.50% $11.1M
IVX Invion 0.007 -12.50% $38.5M
PUA Pure Alumina 0.016 -11.11% $4.1M
NVX Novonix 0.89 -10.55% $212.9M
EDE Eden Energy 0.028 -9.68% $53.4M
ALY Alchemy Resources 0.019 -9.52% $10.5M
MPP Metro Performance Glass 0.2 -9.09% $40.8M
WWI West Wits Mining 0.01 -9.09% $11.1M