Breakfast news outlets in Australia this morning were busy trying to summarise a weekend of mayhem in the US.

Mass protests against policy brutality continue to run across more than 20 US cities, following the death in custody of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis.

Right now it’s a bit hard to know where to look — dispatches switch from police clashes with protestors, to masked groups damaging property and looting stores, to peaceful protestors cleaning graffiti and apprehending rioters.

President Trump has so far been quiet on the matter, aside from some tweets taking aim at far-left political groups.

And in an another example of “Only in America”, while chaos reigned on the ground there was plenty of activity in orbit, as SpaceX successfully launched its two-man shuttle which became the first private spaceship to dock at the International Space Station.

There’s also the (seemingly minor) matter of an ongoing global health pandemic, and rising geopolitical tensions as China tightens its grip over Hong Kong.

So in response to all that, local stocks were…indifferent.

After a flat start, the ASX200 shrugged off the geopolitical tension to climb by around 0.7 per cent into midday trade. And after outperforming in May, the Small Ords Index edged higher by around 0.2 per cent to 2,664 points.

 

SMALL CAP WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm on Monday June 1:

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CODE COMPANY PRICE CHANGE MARKET CAP
UUV UUV Aquabotix 0.002 100.00% $758K
FGO Flamingo 0.002 100.00% $1.1M
CLZ Classic Minerals Ltd 0.002 100.00% $8.2M
THR Thor Mining DRC 0.013 85.71% $9.7M
RTG RTG Mining Inc 0.21 75.00% $58.9M
EUC European Cobalt 0.032 60.00% $15.2M
OVH Onevue Holdings Ltd 0.365 52.08% $64.3M
MGT Magnetite Mines 0.003 50.00% $4.5M
SGO Stream Group Ltd 0.028 40.00% $4.6M
DRE Dreadnought Resources 0.008 33.33% $11.3M
CVV Caravel Minerals Ltd 0.033 32.00% $4.9M
TYX Tyranna Resources 0.005 25.00% $4.2M
IVR Investigator Resources Ltd 0.02 25.00% $13.5M
OPY Openpay 1.585 22.87% $121.0M
MBK Metal Bank Ltd 0.011 22.22% $8.0M
RGL Riversgold 0.033 22.22% $8.4M
CXZ Connexion Media Ltd 0.017 21.43% $12.1M
DKM Duketon Mining Ltd 0.21 20.00% $20.7M
BIQ BuildingIQ Inc 0.006 20.00% $1.9M
CY5 Cygnus Gold 0.06 20.00% $3.4M
WBE Whitebark Energy 0.006 20.00% $15.2M

Junior explorer Thor Mining (ASX:THR) was among the winners, after announcing it had obtained exclusive rights to acquire American Vanadium, an Australian company with uranium and vanadium interests in Utah and Colorado.

The share-based transaction will be comprised of up to 102 million ordinary shares “subject to achievement of project milestones”, Thor said.

 

SMALL CAP LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm on Monday June 1:

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CODE COMPANY PRICE CHANGE MARKET CAP
KLL Kalium Lakes 0.168 -51.87% $234.0M
GID GI Dynamics 0.001 -50.00% $913K
CZL Consolidated Zinc 0.003 -40.00% $5.2M
ELT Elementos Ltd 0.002 -33.33% $5.1M
TRL Tanga Resources Ltd 0.019 -24.00% $2.2M
HIP Hipo Resources 0.013 -18.75% $5.0M
DLC Delecta Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $3.5M
GSM Golden State Mining 0.185 -15.91% $6.8M
A1G African Gold Ltd 0.11 -15.38% $6.4M
FEL Fe Ltd 0.011 -15.38% $5.4M
SW1 Swift Media 0.04 -13.04% $17.6M
MEB Medibio Ltd 0.007 -12.50% $7.0M
HVM Happy Valley 0.18 -11.90% $39.3M
RAN Range International 0.008 -11.11% $2.9M
HWK Hawkstone Mining 0.008 -11.11% $8.5M
IVX Invion Ltd 0.008 -11.11% $44.0M
NAM Namoi Cotton 0.315 -10.00% $44.2M
GTR GTI Resources Ltd 0.039 -9.30% $20.4M