The ASX 200 finished in the red today, as the big end of town played second fiddle to the microcap Emerging Companies index which posted a solid ~0.7% gain.

Mining stocks dragged on the broader index, as BHP (ASX:BHP) traded ex-dividend (it was a big dividend) and promptly slumped by around 7% at the opening bell.

The Big Australian struggled to climb off the mat, although fellow large cap miner Fortescue (ASX:FMG) edged higher despite another 6% drop in iron ore prices overnight.

Elsewhere, there was plenty of attention on two more IPOs which hit the ASX boards, and a nanocap retail stock mooned by more than 100% on no news, raising questions about whether it was the target of a coordinated pump and dump.

TODAY’S BIGGEST WINNERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume
GBR Greatbould Resources 0.17 102.4% 102,076,410
TTA TTA Holdings Ltd 0.063 75.0% 7,480,330
RWL Rubicon Water 1.62 62.0% 2,203,114
GGE Grand Gulf Energy 0.018 50.0% 29,966,251
CLZ Classic Min Ltd 0.0015 50.0% 150,572,109
PNM Pacific Nickel Mines 0.073 30.4% 1,000,088
WCN White Cliff Min Ltd 0.014 27.3% 9,872,511
MMI Metro Mining Ltd 0.019 26.7% 44,427,088
AOA Ausmon Resorces 0.0075 25.0% 5,385,012
IVT Inventis Limited 0.15 25.0% 160,007
CAG Caperangeltd 0.41 24.2% 152,918
BMG BMG Resources Ltd 0.06 22.4% 4,837,269
AZS Azure Minerals 0.415 20.3% 6,011,490
QXR Qx Resources Limited 0.012 20.0% 2,951,547
CI1 Credit Intelligence 0.019 18.8% 26,432,863
ATX Amplia Therapeutics 0.225 18.4% 698,088
FIN FIN Resources Ltd 0.046 17.9% 19,152,029
ELT Elementos Limited 0.021 16.7% 21,305,256
HNR Hannans Ltd 0.007 16.7% 2,947,635
OZM Ozaurum Resources 0.145 16.0% 1,203,486
AUA Audeara 0.11 15.8% 290,720
AEI Aeris Environmental 0.15 15.4% 87,705
CMD Cassius Mining Ltd 0.015 15.4% 40,554
SLX Silex Systems 1.39 15.4% 566,606
MEG Megado 0.11 14.6% 11,590

Gold explorer Great Boulder Resources (ASX:GBR) held its gains from morning trade and was the standout performer on Thursday, closing more than 100% higher.

The company returned ‘bonanza’ grade gold hits at its Mulga Bill project which CEO Andrew Paterson said now “has the potential to have a plus million-ounce gold endowment”.

$5m market cap retail minnow TTA Holdings (ASX:TTA) also closed sharply higher after coming out of a trading halt following a 127% surge at the opening bell. Was it targeted as a ‘pump and dump?’. Possibly (read more here).

Elsewhere, ASX debutante Rubicon Water (ASX:RWL) made an auspicious start to listed life.

The company, which operates irrigation automation technology that aims to help with water scarcity, raised $42.6m at $1 per share and closed more than 50% higher.

TODAY’S BIGGEST LOSERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume
ANL Amani Gold Ltd 0.0015 -25.0% 82,871,783
WOO Wooboard Tech Ltd 0.0015 -25.0% 980,000
SIX Sprintex Ltd 0.06 -20.0% 30,225
DLT Delta Drone Intl Ltd 0.029 -17.1% 2,898,494
CCE Carnegie Cln Energy 0.0025 -16.7% 46,951,910
KEY KEY Petroleum 0.0025 -16.7% 12,500,000
MCM Mc Mining Ltd 0.105 -16.0% 135,534
HVM Happy Valley 0.11 -15.4% 565,295
CVS Cervantes Corp Ltd 0.006 -14.3% 433,333
SIO Simonds Grp Ltd 0.46 -13.2% 93,720
BIR BIR Financial Ltd 0.033 -13.2% 795,518
ACB A-Cap Energy Ltd 0.053 -13.1% 747,022
TTI Traffic Technologies 0.041 -12.8% 152,000
WWI West Wits Mining Ltd 0.058 -12.1% 21,796,584
MNB Minbos Resources Ltd 0.12 -11.1% 8,520,145
EVE EVE Investments Ltd 0.004 -11.1% 974,535
LNY Laneway Res Ltd 0.004 -11.1% 249,083
RIM Rimfire Pacific 0.008 -11.1% 2,515,420
CGB Cann Global Limited 0.0045 -10.0% 5,237,273
CNJ Conico Ltd 0.077 -9.4% 5,708,419
AYM Australia United Min 0.01 -9.1% 13,540,309
CTO Citigold Corp Ltd 0.01 -9.1% 212,545
ELE Elmore Ltd 0.02 -9.1% 1,507,267
TPS Threat Protect Ltd 0.02 -9.1% 670,868
OBM Ora Banda Mining Ltd 0.091 -9.0% 7,544,268

Among the laggards, gold player West Wits Mining (ASX:WWI) lost ground after announcing the results of a DFS (definitive feasibility study) by third party mine engineering firm, Bara Consulting.

WWI said the DFS “confirmed the robust economic viability of Qala Shallows”, one of five projects the company operates.

ANNOUNCEMENTS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

Tamboran Resources (ASX:TBN) announced its 3H Well in EP 161 in the Beetaloo Sub-Basin had spudded last week. T3H is currently ahead of schedule with the completion of the surface vertical hole section at 1,080 metres and the company is planning to drill to 3,800 metres.

Manuka Resources (ASX:MKR) announced it had returned to normal operations at Mt Boppy, 2 weeks since one of its staff tested positive for COVID-19. The company reported no other positive cases and noted that prior to the positive case, the company enjoyed a record monthly financial operational performance.

Chimeric Therapeutics (ASX:CHM) formed a partnership with clinical research organisation OncoBay Clinical. OncoBay Clinical will provide research support to advance and expand its clinical development program for its CHM 1101 drug.

Nuix (ASX:NXL) told shareholders it received documents potentially relevant to its investigation into the company’s IPO prospectus and financial statements in years preceding its listing. The company promised to co-operate fully with ASIC’s investigation.

TRADING HALTS

Friday 

Ultima United (ASX:UUL) – price query
Structural Monitoring Systems (ASX:SMN) – acquisition
Mosaic Brands (ASX:MOZ) – capital raising
Plexure (ASX:PX1) – capital raising

Monday

Diatreme Resources (ASX:DRX) – capital raising
Houston We Have (ASX:HWH) – material contract
Kaiser Reef (ASX:KAU) – capital raising
Pan Asia Metals (ASX:PAM) – capital raising
Kleos Space (ASX:KSS) – capital raising