Durian fruit smells like rotten onions, sewerage, and old gym sock dialled up to 1000.

It’s so potent that it has been banned from the Singapore Rapid mass transit.

Maybe it’s time for a similar law in Australia, because firefighters just evacuated 550 people from the University of Canberra library following reports of “a strong smell of gas”.

The culprit? A piece of binned durian.

And it’s not the first time. Last year, a rotting durian left at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) university campus library also caused the evac of about 500 students and teachers.

Despite new tariffs being imposed on Chinese goods, there was nothing stinky about US share markets on Friday. Investors are still optimistic about a trade deal eventually being secured, Commsec says.

In local markets this morning the ASX Small Ords index is up 3.6 points to 2795.3 in morning trade.

Here are the key ASX small cap winners at lunchtime on Monday May 13:

GOING UP

High purity alumina explorers keep running. After delivering its first 5N product late last week, Pure Alumina (ASX:PUA) is now in the green for the third day in a row. As is King River (ASX:KRR), which recently produced HPA at 99.999% purity from its Speewah project in WA.

Vanadium play AVL (ASX:AVL) also jumped almost 30 per cent in morning trade after announcing a key deal with new generation battery hopeful UPS.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Monday May 13:

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Ticker Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
ZNO ZOONO GROUP 0.155 99% $24,500,000 2.6M
APG AUSTPAC RESOURCES 0.0015 50% $4,300,000 196.0K
PCH PROPERTY CONNECT 0.003 50% $2,100,000 3.0M
VPR VOLT POWER GROUP 0.0015 50% $12,400,000 50.0K
PUA PURE ALUMINA 0.069 30% $11,600,000 2.8M
HIP HIPO RESOURCES 0.013 30% $5,000,000 118.7K
AVL AUSTRALIAN VANADIUM 0.023 28% $43,400,000 21.3M
MGT MAGNETITE MINES 0.005 25% $3,700,000 800.0K
4CE FORCE COMMODITIES 0.012 33% $4,200,000 6.7M
QFY QUANTIFY TECHNOLOGY 0.011 22% $10,700,000 75.2M
OCC ORTHOCELL 0.51 21% $63,400,000 12.0M
BIR BIR FINANCIAL 0.12 20% $9,600,000 10.2K
DTR DATELINE RESOURCES 0.003 20% $23,900,000 1.5M
VIC VICTORY MINES 0.003 20% $3,700,000 2.2M
RFN REFFIND 0.006 20% $3,100,000 1.7M
WZR WISR 0.13 18% $85,300,000 4.0M
KRR KING RIVER RESOURCES 0.041 17% $50,800,000 11.0M
NOR NORWOOD SYSTEMS 0.0035 17% $5,800,000 2.5M
BSX BLACKSTONE MINERALS 0.08 16% $9,000,000 625.9K
AEI AERIS ENVIRONMENTAL 0.26 16% $50,800,000 105.1K

 

GOING DOWN

LCT (ASX:LCT) has revealed a mixed bag of results around its Parkinson’s treatment, NTCELL.

In January, four-year results from the phase 1 and phase 2a studies showed it mostly worked and was safe.

But today, LCT stock plunged 40 per cent to 2.2c after sharing results from the middle group in its phase 2b study that showed people who had 40 capsules implanted in their brains showed no difference from the placebo.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Monday May 13:

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Ticker Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
LCT LIVING CELL TECHNOLOGIES 0.033 -40% $18,900,000 2.8M
CIO CONNECTED IO 0.003 -25% $5,400,000 700.0k
XPE XPED 0.002 -25% $2,300,000 50.0k
UTR ULTRACHARGE 0.003 -25% $3,200,000 47.0k
THD THRED 0.002 -20% $3,600,000 166.7k
CAV CARNAVALE RESOURCES 0.004 -20% $2,700,000 1.4M
ELT ELEMENTOS 0.005 -17% $7,700,000 62.5k
MRV MORETON RESOURCES 0.005 -17% $15,500,000 24.0k
GML GATEWAY MINING 0.011 -15% $11,900,000 2.2M
TNO TANDO RESOURCES 0.085 -15% $16,600,000 584.9k
SL1 SYMBOL MINING 0.006 -14% $4,300,000 1.6m
ETE ENTEK ENERGY 0.006 -14% $2,900,000 6.4M
FYI FYI RESOURCES 0.06 -13% $11,800,000 98.0k
AGE ALLIGATOR ENERGY 0.0035 -13% $3,600,000 833.3k
FSG FIELD SOLUTIONS HOLDINGS 0.015 -12% $6,500,000 100.0k
CVV CARAVEL MINERALS 0.04 -11% $7,200,000 185.0k
TCN TECHNICHE 0.024 -11% $5,100,000 23.6k
FPL FREMONT PETROLEUM 0.008 -11% $14,300,000 3.8M
GAL GALILEO MINING 0.17 -10% $20,500,000 345.0k