ASX Small Caps Lunch Wrap: Who else is a level six life form with illuminated mind today?
Aussie markets are in a decent mood so far today, even if Wall Street is having a bet each way with the SPX up and the tech-heavy Nasdaq slightly hungover.
Pfft, tech stocks, eh? Often hard to know what you’re gonna get from that box of chocolates.
Which, incidentally, is how the Maroochydore Magistrates Court must be feeling about one Joey Myer today. As reported by news.com.au, the failed political candidate and convicted child abuser was booted from court after a “rant filled with bogus legal jargon” in which he identified as a “sovereign living man”.
Er, righto. For context, Myer was found guilty by a jury in 2021 of 11 counts of indecently treating a child under 16 and one count of rape. As the report details, he has since been acquitted on appeal of the rape charge, and the QLD Court of Appeal has reserved his decision on Myer’s appeal in respect of the other charges. He pled not guilty to all the charges during the trial.
Per the news.com.au report: going by the name “Jarreau”, he declared: “I won’t be needing any legal advice” before denying his identity.
“I’m not Mr Myer,” Myer said.
“Joey Myer is the birth certificate, I am not Joey Myer, and I appear by way of divine appearance occupying the office of executor for the estate of Joey Myer.
“This is a certified copy of Joey Myer brought before this maritime vessel that is Maroochydore Magistrates Court.
“I am Jarreau, I am a sovereign living man, level six life form with illuminated mind.”
Honestly, this sovereign citizen movement is the best thing that’s happened to news for decades. And policing. Earlier this week we saw a couple of soveriegn gronks pull the “you’re out of your jurisdiction” card on highway police and the highlights included:
– demanding to know one cop’s badge number (reply: “Don’t have one – it’s not America, mate”)
– claiming all police force ABN numbers “are registered in Norfolk Island” and
– telling police they “should be out catching pedophiles” (reply: “I just had a look and you are one. You’re on the Child Protection Register mate.”)
Endless entertainment. Much like the ASX, really. Here are today’s highlights.
It was a “what’s the story, morning glory?” opening for the ASX 200 this morning, with a steady rise to where it sits now with +1.11% gain.
In terms of specific sectors, here’s how those are currently tracking, too (below). On a daily timeframe at least then, we have Energy and Materials = winning; Telcos and Healthcare = losing.
We know you like your small caps, but indulge us on some slightly larger ones for half a minute, because there’s a bit catching our eye there.
Notably, the $15.8bn market capped Mineral Resources (ASX:MIN) with an energetic 66% gain at the time of writing. There’s no specific news we can see that’s given it its frisson, other than an application for quotation of securities the other day, which is hardly worth the mention we just gave it. Nevertheless.
The $11.87bn valued Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) meanwhile is likely up a near 24% on this positive narrative – a deal with leading mining tech player Plotlogic to trial OreSense at the world’s largest hard rock lithium operation, the Pilgangoora project in Western Australia.
This will reportedly improve identification and delineation of ore and waste materials and lead to increased production of lithium at the mine.
These two daily winners stand in stark contrast to fellow Basic Materials stocks Core Lithium (ASX:CXO) -23%; and Paladin Energy (ASX:PDN) -21%… as well as Healthcare sector daily loser Imugene Ltd (ASX:IMU) sinking -48%.
The big news out of the US of A overnight, as reported by Stockhead’s very own, non-fungible Eddy Sunarto in his always must-read Market Highlights roundup, was the news that First Citizens Bank has bought up a large portion of imploded bank SVB.
The FDIC retains the remaining SVB securities and assets, writes Eddy, who also notes that US stocks have been bolstered by this as well as the fact a “5% rebound in crude oil prices sent US energy shares higher following a volatile few weeks for crude caught up in the banking storm”.
Nevertheless, the tech-heavy Nasdaq still settled around -0.47% at Wall Street close, while the S&P 500 climbed 0.16%.
Over in China, at the time of writing, the Shanghai index is up 0.13%. In Japan, the Nikkei is +0.14%. Hong Kong – the Hang Seng is +0.75%… nope it just moved… +0.74%.
Crypto… the world of magic internet money is known for being all over the shop, and it certainly dipped overnight on the news that a US regulator (no, not the SEC for a change) – the commodity-tastic CFTC – is suing the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange Binance.
It’s all part of a broader crackdown on the industry in the US right now. On the whole it seems concerning, but leading crypto Bitcoin has been on a rising narrative all year, enjoying some glow as a potential safe-haven asset amid the crumbling American banking situation, a la gold.
Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for March 28 [intraday]:
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• Liontown Resources (ASX:LTR): +58%. Hear the Liontown folk roar. Or something like that. Because they’ve rejected an indicative proposal from Ablemarle Corporation that would have seen the latter acquire all of the LTR shares at a price of $2.50 each.
“The Liontown Board and its advisers carefully considered the Indicative Proposal and unanimously determined that it substantially undervalues Liontown, and therefore is not in the best interests of shareholders,” reads a Liontown statement today via the ASX. Moving on, then…
• United Malt Group (ASX:UMG): The fourth largest commercial maltster globally, making many a hard-earned-thirst quencher unassumingly happy, is up 31%. News? It’s entered into a Process Deed after an Indicative Proposal from Malteries Soufflet, which is French, and the largest commercial maltster in Europe. More details: here.
Here are the most-worst performing ASX small cap stocks for March 28 [intraday]:
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