ASX Small Caps Lunch Wrap: Who else can’t face a porky lunch today?
Following on from our story last week of the Highly Foolish Science People who turned a dead spider into a soul-crushingly morbid claw machine, our army of informants have tipped us off to another tale of scientific science that is well-worthy of a mention.
A team of researchers at Duke University in North Carolina were having a bit of a tinker with a few chemicals and the corpse of a pig they had murdered, when they discovered that the solution they were using to replace Ol’ Porky’s blood was bringing its dead organs back to life.
The organs, including the heart, liver and kidneys were reportedly back in action and doing the kinds things organs are famous for: pumping blood, removing waste products from the body and providing the opening bars of The Phantom of the Opera.
The solution is known as OrganEx, for obvious reasons – the “Organ” part is because of which part of the body it works on, and the “Ex” part at the end is to make it sound cool and slightly dangerous.
We jest, of course, because it’s actually pretty amazing, in that it raises a really interesting ethical question about how dead something needs to be, before it’s actually dead… like, properly dead.
What it also raises is a vastly-increased chance of all those smooth-brained super-geniuses that had themselves cryogenically frozen actually being resurrected, hundreds of years after all their friends and relatives chose the entirely more sensible option of dying.
That’s why news of the team’s breakthrough has been met with a bout of heavily-suppressed glee from Waly Disney’s frozen head, which is currently being used as a counterweight, deep in the arse of the famously top-heavy Mickey Mouse costume at Disneyland.
Disney quite famously (allegedly) had his head frozen when he died, as he wanted to be brought back to life when the technology was available to do so, and the statute of limitations had rendered his tax problems null and void.
The issue as to whether the world is ready for Disney’s own personal brand of collaboration with ‘the wrong side of history’ remains to be seen.
(A quick indulgence, if I may… the bio-tech in this story could revolutionise organ transplants in humans, but that’s decades away. If you enjoyed reading this, please know that you wouldn’t have had the chance to if not for the organ donor that gave me my new liver in 2020. Without it, I’d be dead and you’d be bored – which sounds like a terrible time for everyone. Go here and sign up to give your bits away once you’re done with them).
Big news in mining this morning is OZ Minerals’ (ASX:OZL) decision to slap BHP right on the top of its grabby, grabby hands, rejecting a $25 per share “We’ll take the lot of it, thanks” offer this morning.
News of the rejection by the $8.5 billion dollar company saw its price jump by 35% before lunch, all the way up to… $25.40.
Dropping its bundle this morning was Suncorp (ASX:SUN), which announced dividends and a stunning 34% profit crash this morning. We’re not sure which of those is responsible for the ~6% price drop, but whichever way you cut it, losing a third of your profit for the quarter is an ugly beast to be looking at first thing in the morning.
In crypto, and the Big Coins had a decent weekend, rising unsteadily since Friday to be in the green again. ETH is up 1.17% since yesterday, with BTC (+0.76%) still struggling to keep up. Solana (+3.48%) and Cardano (2.97%) have done well, but XRP is having a bad hair day, down 0.30%.
And for anyone keen on getting some money into crypto but aren’t quite ready for the inevitable hair-raising panic that comes with such a volatile investment space, local blockchain-based fintech Block Earner tells Stockhead it’s launching a new way for investors who like the idea of crypto but can’t look directly at it because it makes their risk aversion spidey sense tingle.
The company’s new Crypto Earner purpose-built tier one asset provider is offering access to a fixed 4% annual yield with the funds held in ETH or BTC, which you can pull out whenever you want.
As usual, we’ll get into the small caps after a quick look overseas.
Top Bloke Eddy Sunarto tells us that Wall Street ended Friday fairly mixed, despite strong non-farm payrolls data for July which jumped past forecasts, with the S&P 500 down 0.16%, the Dow Jones up 0.23% while tech-heavy Nasdaq fell 0.50%.
According to the US Department of Labor, non-farm payrolls increased by 528,000 in July versus the forecast of 250,000 – figures that are expected to add a bit of complication into the Fed’s next monetary policy decision in September.
“Fed officials were already pushing back on the idea of a Fed pivot, and now it seems they will be debating whether they need to be even more aggressive to tackle inflation given how strong the labor market is performing,” said Oanda analyst, Edward Moya.
According to Commsec, US rate futures have priced in a 69% chance of a 75bps hike in September, up from about 41% before the payroll data.
Asian markets this morning are also a bit jumbled, with the Nikkei up 0.21%, Hong Kong down 0.68% and the Shanghai market index flatter than Walt Disney’s most recent EKG.
In commodities, oil is down (-0.18), gas has fallen (-2.13%) and metals have barely shifted the needle since this morning, with gold, silver and copper all with 0.04% of dead even.
Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for August 8[intraday]:
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In among the Small Cap Climbers this morning, and Cardno (ASX:CDD) had a huge surge early this morning, rising from $0.65 to $1.00, which was a bit of a head-scratcher – and there’s a bit to unpack.
Cardano recently completed its sale of Cardno International Development, with proceeds of $56.5m to be distributed to Cardno Shareholders, equivalent to $1.70 per share, in three tranches.
The first tranche was paid a few weeks back, leaving two more to come over the next 7 weeks, worth 44c and 48c per share for a total of a locked in return of 92c from a 65c share. The price flew up to $1.00 before settling at 86.5% when the ASX threw on the brakes by pausing trade at 12:25pm.
Elsewhere, and it’s copper miners and explorers on the rise as far as the eye can see, with Sultan Resources (ASX:SLZ) is leading the charge (+36.3%), with Copper Mountain Mining (ASX:C6C) not far behind (+34%).
At the Top of the Bottom, and the most noteworthy there is still Horizon Gold (ASX:HRN), continuing its post-quarterly slide, down another 21.5% this morning.
Here are the most-worst performing ASX small cap stocks for August 8[intraday]:
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