No, its not photoshopped. This ratfish was caught in deep water in northern Norway.

It’s no blue whale, but its got enormous eyes to help it see in the darkness below. It may look scary but it is completely harmless — it feeds mainly on crabs and sea snails.

Ironically, this fisherman was looking for a rare fish anyway — a blue halibut — but got something different to what he hoped for. It took 30 minutes to reel it in then he took it home and panfried it. His verdict?  “A bit like cod but tastier”.

The ASX Small Ords is flat today only gaining 0.05 per cent to 2,876 points, while the ASX 200 dipped 0.1 per cent to 6,663 points.

Oil prices (both Brent and WTI) have jumped over 10 per cent after Iran’s attack on Saudi Arabia. Small caps haven’t moved much on the news, though investors will likely be watching the situation closely.

 

Going up

Confectionary company Candy Club (ASX:CLB) gained 42 per cent this morning. Major investor James Baillieu agreed to become chairman and buy more stock in the company.

Liquified Natural Gas (ASX:LNG) surged 27 per cent after striking a deal to supply LNG to Vietnam.

But the big talking point on the market this morning, other than oil, was infant formula maker Bellamys (ASX:BAL) receiving a takeover. The market’s verdict? It gained 55 per cent

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Monday September 16:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
ABL Abilene Oil and Gas Ltd 0.002 +100.00% $1.6M 78.6k
BAL Bellamy's Australia Ltd 12.88 +54.81% $1.5B 14.9M
AKN Auking Mining Ltd 0.003 +50.00% $2.8M 336.0k
VIC Victory Mines Ltd 0.003 +50.00% $2.2M 1.0M
CLB Candy Club Holdings Ltd 0.08 +42.11% $12.3M 1.9M
AUL Austar Gold Ltd 0.004 +33.33% $13.6M 125.0k
EQE Equus Mining Ltd 0.02 +30.77% $18.4M 4.3M
JDR Jadar Lithium Ltd 0.013 +30.00% $5.6M 3.1M
BOC Bougainville Copper Ltd 0.13 +27.55% $50.1M 83.9k
LNG Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd 0.31 +26.53% $175.7M 11.3M
SEA Sundance Energy Australia Ltd 0.24 +26.32% $166.7M 14.4M
1AD Adalta Ltd 0.14 +26.09% $23.8M 493.9k
MNC Metminco Ltd 0.0025 +25.00% $16.6M 59.6M
ROG Red Sky Energy Ltd 0.0025 +25.00% $3.1M 326.7k
NVO NVOI Ltd 0.011 +22.22% $11.4M 9.0M
WKT Walkabout Resources Ltd 0.23 +21.05% $72.9M 985.2k
PGR PAS Group Ltd/The 0.15 +20.00% $20.5M 33.2k
GGE Grand Gulf Energy Ltd 0.003 +20.00% $2.3M 1.2M
PNN PepinNini Lithium Ltd 0.003 +20.00% $3.7M 20.0k
SER Strategic Energy Resources Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $5.7M 2.9M
DRO DroneShield Ltd 0.38 +17.19% $88.0M 9.2M

 

Going down

While almost none of the biggest declining small caps had news, large cap Sims Metal Management (ASX: SGM) fell 17 per cent because of a negative trading update.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Monday September 16:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
GPP Greenpower Energy Ltd 0.001 -33.33% $2.3M 1.0M
GAL Galileo Mining Ltd 0.12 -20.00% $14.4M 92.8k
LHB LionHub Group Ltd 0.004 -20.00% $3.3M 200
SGM Sims Metals Management 10.46 -16.79% $2.2B 1.4M
AAJ Aruma Resources Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $3.3M 1.1M
BUY Bounty Oil & Gas NL 0.005 -16.67% $4.8M 1.7M
AYR Alloy Resources Ltd 0.0025 -16.67% $4.2M 4.1M
FFC FarmaForce Ltd 0.12 -14.29% $15.3M 31.4k
AWY Australian Whisky Holdings Ltd 0.03 -14.29% $48.9M 77.2k
FGO Flamingo AI Ltd 0.003 -14.29% $3.4M 833.3k
BLY Boart Longyear Ltd 0.006 -14.29% $157.8M 1.1M
WRM White Rock Minerals Ltd 0.006 -14.29% $9.8M 3.4M
KP2 Kore Potash PLC 0.03 -13.79% $21.5M 212.1k
UNL United Networks Ltd 0.03 -13.79% $3.1M 1.1M
MGL Magontec Ltd 0.02 -12.00% $25.1M 2.0k