Over two months of COVID-19 shutdowns are causing “unusual or aggressive” behaviour in rats across the United States.

Human lockdowns across the US means these so-called ‘cannibal’ rats don’t have usual staples like restaurant waste and street garbage to eat. This has led to elevated levels of rat aggression being observed in places like New York and New Orleans, CBS says.

“I turn the corner, there’s about 30 rats at the corner, feasting on something in the middle of the street,” Bourbon street tour guide Charles Marsala said.

Apparently they can even devour cars.

It’s a big enough problem that San Diego resident ‘Rat King Dave’ (not his real name) established a website called howtopreventratsfromeatingcarwires.com/.

 

In markets…

European share markets closed higher on Monday. After two record-sized drops, Germany’s Ifo business climate index posted its strongest-ever monthly increase in May – a higher than forecast 79.5, up from 74.2 in April.

Still, it was the second lowest reading since German reunification in ~1990, says Commsec.

The Ifo Business Climate Index is a closely followed leading indicator for economic activity in Germany, Europe’s largest economy and #5 globally.

The London Stock Exchange and US markets were closed Monday in observance of the Bank Holiday and Memorial Day, respectively.

The ASX200 was up about 1.4 per cent to 5,695.9 points, an 11-week high, by 11:30am EST. The index has now surged by ~25 per cent since hitting its low point in late March.

 

SMALL CAP WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm on Tuesday May 26:

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CODE COMPANY PRICE % CHANGE MARKET CAP
MCT Metalicity 0.007 40.00% $6.9M
VRC Volt Resources 0.022 37.50% $30.4M
BSM Bass Metals 0.004 33.33% $8.4M
VEN Vintage Energy 0.054 28.57% $13.4M
CAP Carpentaria Resources 0.029 31.82% $6.1M
PKO Peako 0.017 30.77% $1.7M
HOT HotCopper 0.18 28.57% $26.5M
CHK Cohiba Minerals 0.009 28.57% $6.1M
COI Comet Ridge 0.1 11.11% $71.0M
DHR Dark Horse Resources 0.003 25.00% $5.0M
POD Podium Minerals 0.026 23.81% $3.4M
SIS Simble Solutions 0.016 23.08% $2.4M
DXN DXN 0.011 22.22% $9.5M
UNL Unitednetworks 0.03 20.00% $9.8M
GEV Global Energy Ventures 0.006 20.00% $24.8M
ARE Argonaut Resources 0.006 20.00% $11.8M
PAL Palla Pharma 0.85 19.72% $107.7M
HLO Helloworld 2.02 22.42% $251.9M
OLI Olivers Real Food 0.058 18.37% $16.0M
KTA Krakatoa Resources 0.039 18.18% $8.5M
TEG Triangle Energy Global 0.055 22.22% $19.5M

 

Graphite play Volt Resources (ASX:VRC) has ostensibly changed focus, after recently picking up some gold exploration projects in Guinea, West Africa.

Yesterday, it announced that early exploration has now kicked off, including soil sampling combined with mapping and sampling of ‘artisanal’ mining pits and shafts.

The ~$41m market cap stock is up +40 per cent in morning trade, and +165 per cent over the past month.

Vintage Energy’s (ASX:VEN) $750,000 share purchase plan has closed “heavily oversubscribed”.

In total, the company has raised $3m (which includes a $2.25m placement) to support fracture stimulation and flow testing of its Vali gas discovery in the Cooper/Eromanga Basins.

The $18m market cap stock, which has taken a battering in 2020, was up ~38 per cent in morning trade.

Peako (ASX:PKO) was up +30 per cent after winning a $150,000 WA government Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) grant to co-fund exploration drilling at its East Kimberley copper-gold project.

And InteliCare (ASX:ICR) has continued its strong start to listed life. The aged care-focused software-as-a-service (SaaS) stock was up 19 per cent this morning after a strong first day yesterday.

Intelicare, which raised $5.5m at 20c a share, is now trading for 37.5c per share.

 

SMALL CAP LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm on Tuesday May 26:

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CODE COMPANY PRICE % CHANGE MARKET CAP
GTE GTE 0.001 -33.33% $1.3M
FGO Flamingo 0.001 -33.33% $1.1M
ADY Admiralty Resources 0.009 -30.77% $10.4M
ESE Esense-Lab 0.009 -25.00% $2.1M
TSc Twenty Seven 0.006 -25.00% $8.9M
SUP Superior Resources 0.005 -16.67% $6.6M
BIR BIR Financial 0.05 -16.67% $4.9M
SYA Sayona Mining 0.006 -14.29% $17.3M
CYG Coventry Resources 0.032 -13.51% $62.9M
EX1 Exopharm 0.225 -13.46% $24.8M
BGT Bio-Gene Tech 0.17 -12.82% $25.9M
VN8 Vonex 0.105 -12.50% $20.5M
IVZ Invictus Energy 0.023 -11.54% $11.7M
ONE Oneview Healthcare 0.047 -11.32% $9.2M
CL8 Collaborate Corporation 0.008 -11.11% $10.4M
RLE Real Energy Corporation 0.025 -10.71% $9.9M
ACB A-Cap Energy 0.009 -10.00% $8.7M
HWK Hawkstone Mining 0.009 -10.00% $10.6M
ICI iCandy Interactive 0.02 -9.09% $7.4M
APV AppsVillage Australia 0.15 -9.09% $12.7M