Local markets have fallen this morning, backing up last week’s dour performance by stumbling back into the basement again the moment the ASX opened today.

By lunchtime, things were fairly well-mixed – the benchmark was at -0.41%, InfoTech was surging and Materials was deep in the dumps, so… just another Monday morning, really.

Before we get too deep into the reasons why, there’s an interesting yarn emerging from the US this morning, after an Ohio man visiting West Virginia had emergency services scrambling to reach him, deep in the bush and in mortal peril.

47-year-old Christian Leonhardt rang the 911 emergency number, screaming repeatedly down the phone that he was about to be attacked by a bear and was in desperate need of assistance.

Some help was sent, but – as the 911 operator kept the man on the line, as they’re trained to do, the story began to evolve.

Leonhardt, it is alleged, went on to claim that he had been walking through the wilderness for days, then claimed that it was more than one bear currently seeking to attack him.

Then, he claimed, that the bears had been stalking him for a number of days – and then started screaming that the bears had actually attacked, telling dispatchers that he now had a serious head wound, and that he was about to die.

This is, obviously, a very serious predicament – one that prompted an enormous coordinated response, with a large number of emergency personnel sent at high speed to reach the man and save his life.

The response team were most of the way through the process of scrambling a helicopter to reach him when – two hours after the initial call – Leonhardt was found by the first rescue team, without a scratch on him.

There wasn’t a bear in sight, and it took only a few minutes for Leonhardt to explain that the reason he’d called with a cockamamie story about being attacked by a roving gang of bears was because:

  1. He was drunk
  2. He didn’t feel like walking back to town, and wanted a ride.

Police solved the first issue by agreeing to his second wish – he was driven directly to the West Virginia Regional Jail, where he was charged with one count of falsely reporting an emergency incident, and left to sleep off the booze.



Local markets have had a poor start to the week, following on from a mediocre effort in New York on Friday and compounding the dismal string of sessions the ASX banked last week.

Early in the session, the energy sector got off to a flyer while everything fell sharply around it, but about 15 minutes into the session InfoTech rallied hard to be up 0.8% at lunchtime.

Meanwhile, Materials took a beating to lock in the worst performance of the morning, shedding nearly 1.3%, with heavyweight Financials and Health Care languishing lower as well.


asx winner Algorae
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In the fancy seats, Boss Energy (ASX:BOE) has jumped 5.7% this morning – just like pretty much every other uranium player in the country – as uranium prices spike over growing interest in nuclear as a ‘green’ power source continues to climb.

Meanwhile, Latin Resources continued its recent decline, dropping another 6.4% today to $0.258, well down from its $0.38 price at the beginning of the month.



On Friday, the S&P 500 fell by -0.23%, the blue chips Dow Jones index was down by -0.31%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq slipped by -0.1%, Earlybird Eddy reported this morning.

Ford Motor rose 2% after saying it was serious about reaching a deal with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. The UAW said it would spare Ford more pain, even as it expanded the strike to 38 more facilities run by rivals General Motors and Stellantis.

Arm Holdings fell almost -2% after getting a neutral rating by Susquehanna Financial, following the Sell rating by Bernstein last week.

Amazon fell modestly after reports the Federal Trade Commission will be suing the company for antitrust violations next week.

Meanwhile, two US Fed Reserve officials – Fed Bank of San Francisco President Mary Daly and Boston Fed president Susan Collins – said that at least one more interest rate increase is possible.

In Japan, the Nikkei is up 0.71% this morning, despite government officials announcing that there’s a pretty serious outbreak of syphilis rampaging through the nation this year.

“The number of new syphilis cases reported in Japan has exceeded 10,000 for two years in a row,” The Japan Times reported this morning, however that particular weepy milestone was reached two months earlier than it was last year.

It’s only the second time that the number of cases has broken through the magic 10,000 infections mark since the time the current survey method was introduced in 1999.

I started Googling for what, precisely, the “current survey method” entails, but was overcome with a sense of existential dread at the horrors that I saw by searching for “Japan” and “syphilis”, even with SafeSearch switched on.

So – pre-empting the raised eyebrows that will eventually accompany me returning this work-supplied laptop – that’s the reason why the search history on it is as grossly obscene and antibiotic resistant as it is.

In China, Shanghai markets are down 0.4% for a variety of reasons, not least of which is that the country’s obsession with building a lot of housing is the backfire that keeps on firing.

“How many vacant homes are there now? Each expert gives a very different number, with the most extreme believing the current number of vacant homes are enough for 3 billion people,” former Chinese official, He King – who is still Chinese, but doesn’t work as an official any more, just so we’re clear – said to Reuters.

There are currently about 1.4 billion people living in China.

In Hong Kong, where real estate is a perpetual source of concern, the Hang Seng is 1.4% lower. One day, soon, I will start understanding what’s going on there, but in the meantime, “it just moves around a lot” remains my go-to reasoning for why.



Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for 25 September [intraday]:

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Code Company Price % Volume Market Cap
ICN Icon Energy Limited 0.012 33% 2,056,344 $6,912,123
WEC White Energy Company 0.08 29% 8,799 $4,241,183
MCT Metalicity Limited 0.0025 25% 3,250,000 $7,472,172
AMM Armada Metals 0.026 21% 161 $1,474,241
BGE Bridgesaaslimited 0.03 20% 225,250 $985,900
CXU Cauldron Energy Ltd 0.012 20% 19,370,829 $9,515,687
IEC Intra Energy Corp 0.006 20% 2,566,095 $8,103,908
QXR Qx Resources Limited 0.026 18% 4,883,895 $19,730,971
FRX Flexiroam Limited 0.033 18% 214,712 $18,597,368
EL8 Elevate Uranium Ltd 0.53 18% 905,559 $125,038,863
1AE Auroraenergymetals 0.14 17% 1,491,090 $19,104,831
1AI Algorae Pharma 0.014 17% 4,113,451 $19,628,882
AYT Austin Metals Ltd 0.007 17% 459,249 $6,095,248
ECT Env Clean Tech Ltd. 0.007 17% 775,767 $17,085,331
EEL Enrg Elements Ltd 0.007 17% 5,364,393 $6,059,790
ELE Elmore Ltd 0.007 17% 30,888 $8,396,303
MXR Maximus Resources 0.03 15% 109,996 $8,326,650
NET Netlinkz Limited 0.008 14% 56,674 $24,713,699
WCG Webcentral Ltd 0.125 14% 52,863 $36,203,885
OKR Okapi Resources 0.17 13% 1,396,141 $31,512,902
HFY Hubify Ltd 0.017 13% 32,655 $7,442,044
RBL Redbubble Limited 0.475 13% 30,957 $118,742,494
PGO Pacgold 0.225 13% 22,222 $13,400,113
APC Aust Potash Ltd 0.0045 13% 392,809 $4,154,758
HNR Hannans Ltd 0.009 13% 200,000 $21,796,838
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Algorae Pharmaceuticals (ASX:1AI) has surged 25% this morning on no news. The company (formerly Living Cell Technologies (ASX:LCT)) recently announced that it’s signed an MoU with UNSW to develop an AI platform to assist with:

  1. deploying advanced machine-learning and other AI methodologies to assess and derive insight from largescale molecular, clinical, and other relevant datasets, and
  2. to optimise existing projects and identify new combination drug candidates and repositioning opportunities through AI-enabled predictive modelling.

That’s all I know at this stage.

QX Resources (ASX:QXR) is up 22.7% on last week’s news that the company’s 39%-owned Bayrock has expanded the mineral lease area by ~33% at the Vuostok Nickel-Copper Project in northern Sweden with the addition of Nr 102 lease covering an additional 34km2 to expand the total lease area to ~130km2.

Cauldron Energy (ASX:CXU) is up on no news, but it’s moving along with fellow uranium players Aurora Energy Metals (ASX:1AE), Elevate Uranium (ASX:EL8), Alligator Energy (ASX:AGE) and Icon Energy (ASX:ICN), as chatter about a nuclear-powered future builds in intensity.



Here are the most-worst performing ASX small cap stocks for 25 September [intraday]:

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Code Company Price % Volume Market Cap
ARE Argonaut Resources 0.066 -34% 4 $7,316,152
FGL Frugl Group Limited 0.012 -33% 56,345 $17,209,116
AYM Australia United Min 0.002 -33% 103,048 $5,527,732
MTB Mount Burgess Mining 0.003 -25% 814,760 $4,062,587
GTG Genetic Technologies 0.002 -20% 821,851 $28,854,145
IVX Invion Ltd 0.004 -20% 1,242,518 $32,108,161
TMX Terrain Minerals 0.004 -20% 100,750 $6,288,219
CDR Codrus Minerals Ltd 0.075 -18% 731,888 $6,972,680
NNG Nexion Group 0.014 -18% 178,571 $3,439,234
LML Lincoln Minerals 0.005 -17% 230,000 $8,524,271
OAR OAR Resources Ltd 0.005 -17% 29,908 $15,678,814
PKO Peako Limited 0.005 -17% 4,463,468 $2,824,389
OZM Ozaurum Resources 0.105 -16% 5,862,419 $15,875,000
FG1 Flynngold 0.051 -15% 85,501 $8,182,955
PUR Pursuit Minerals 0.009 -14% 197,620 $30,911,700
ADY Admiralty Resources. 0.006 -14% 4,750 $9,125,054
GMN Gold Mountain Ltd 0.006 -14% 85,932 $15,883,550
NAE New Age Exploration 0.006 -14% 483,581 $10,051,292
ESR Estrella Res Ltd 0.007 -13% 118,376 $11,868,575
EXL Elixinol Wellness 0.007 -13% 63,933 $5,011,862
SHN Sunshine Metals Ltd 0.014 -13% 3,490,033 $16,155,564
STA Strandline Res Ltd 0.11 -12% 6,952,541 $182,820,529
ERG Eneco Refresh Ltd 0.022 -12% 377,931 $6,808,959
SLZ Sultan Resources Ltd 0.023 -12% 247,342 $3,852,941
RAS Ragusa Minerals Ltd 0.031 -11% 674,692 $4,990,958
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