Meet this Brit who feels he’s being discriminated against, because the bank won’t give him a mortgage saying he spends too much on tanning.

This week he believes his long-held pride has led to discrimination against him. “I’ve lost my dream home at the 11th hour because I like to look good,” he said.

The bank knocked him back because of his expensive habit, which they only discovered through a Google search.

He probably should kick the habit. Although he does have a point when he says if he gambled that same amount of money he’d have a better chance. Avocados anyone?

The ASX has gained again today. The Small Ords Index is up 0.38 per cent to 2,826 points while the ASX 200 is up 0.45 per cent to 6,512 points.

CBA’s PMI data, released this morning, showed the first decline in private sector output since March yet sentiment was rated as positive.

Going up

ERM Power (ASX:EPW) has gained over 40 per cent after shareholders found out about a takeover offer — at a similar premium to yesterday’s price.

Lithium miner Pioneer Resources (ASX:PIO) intersected significant lithium at its project and gained 27 per cent.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Thursday August 22:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
BPH BPH Energy Ltd 0.0015 +50.00% $4.3M 5.6M
SYT Syntonic Ltd 0.003 +50.00% $10.2M 1.7M
EPW ERM Power Ltd 2.44 +41.86% $612.0M 7.4M
CAD Caeneus Minerals Ltd 0.004 +33.33% $4.3M 50.0k
DRE Dreadnought Resources Ltd 0.004 +33.33% $5.9M 2.1M
ICS ICSGlobal Ltd 1.18 +28.26% $12.5M 32.0k
PIO Pioneer Resources Ltd 0.02 +26.67% $28.7M 33.3M
MNC Metminco Ltd 0.005 +25.00% $14.1M 868.5k
BAU Bauxite Resources Ltd 0.04 +22.86% $9.2M 40.4k
SPQ Superior Resources Ltd 0.011 +22.22% $8.2M 4.9M
MEI Meteoric Resources NL 0.05 +21.43% $48.9M 17.3M
CNB Carnaby Resources Ltd 0.15 +20.00% $14.4M 626.8k
BNL Big Star Energy Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $2.8M 2.4M
SBR Sabre Resources Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $2.9M 1.6M
EQE Equus Mining Ltd 0.02 +18.75% $20.1M 1.8M
VP7 Velocity Property Group Ltd 0.03 +17.39% $9.8M 15.2k
BSX Blackstone Minerals Ltd 0.14 +17.39% $21.7M 720.5k
IMS Impelus Ltd 0.007 +16.67% $4.8M 1.1M
NOR Norwood Systems Ltd 0.0035 +16.67% $7.3M 10.0k

Going down

A group of five senior IVF practitioners who refer their patients to Monash IVF (ASX:MVF) will stop because they are setting up their own IVF clinic. The stock fell 24 per cent.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Thursday August 22:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
DCL DomaCom Ltd 0.05 -34.21% $8.1M 154.2k
VPR Volt Power Group Ltd 0.002 -33.33% $8.2M 8.0M
MTB Mount Burgess Mining NL 0.002 -33.33% $1.0M 714
CYQ Cycliq Group Ltd 0.003 -33.33% $1.1M 7
DNA Donaco International Ltd 0.07 -30.48% $60.1M 6.1M
MAM Microequities Asset Management 0.25 -24.24% $33.3M 3.0k
MVF Monash IVF Group Ltd 1.08 -23.67% $257.0M 1.1M
CAF Centrepoint Alliance Ltd 0.12 -22.58% $17.9M 3.0M
MLS Metals Australia Ltd 0.004 -20.00% $5.9M 1.9M
AVE Avecho Biotechnology Ltd 0.004 -20.00% $6.3M 15.0k
UUV UUV Aquabotix Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $2.0M 2.3M
PBX Pacific Bauxite Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $2.0M 99.8k
GTG Genetic Technologies Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $14.7M 325.3k
DDT DataDot Technology Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $4.1M 375.0k
KAM K2 Asset Management Holdings L 0.04 -16.00% $10.1M 100.0k
BPL Broken Hill Prospecting Ltd 0.04 -15.91% $5.5M 1.4M
POW Protean Energy Ltd 0.006 -14.29% $1.9M 200.0k
ANW Aus Tin Mining Ltd 0.006 -14.29% $13.3M 3.0M