Creatures that lurk beneath the waters remain a mystery, from the plankton at Challenger Deep to the ‘monster’ in Loch Ness.

Well today scientists have found that the so-called ‘Nessie’ doesn’t exist – at least not as we know it. Since an apparent sighting in 1933 it has been thought of as a monster fish or even a dragon.

But scientists reckon it was either an abnormally large eel or a swarm of them.

If you were planning a trip to Scotland, don’t despair – there’s still things to see. Even the Loch Ness itself.

Our markets are having a good Friday. The ASX Small Ords has gained 0.44 per cent to 2,889 points. It’s up 1.83 per cent this week.

Meanwhile, the ASX 200 gained 0.54 per cent to 6,649 points, but is only 0.8 per cent higher than last Friday.

The Australian Industry Group Performance of Construction Index rose by 5.5 points to 44.6. Overall the industry is still in a state of decline but the rate of decline has slowed.

Going up

Aldoro Resources (ASX:ARN) is up 68 per cent today after announcing it is acquiring a private gold and nickel miner and its projects.

The latest production results out of Whitebark Energy (ASX:WBE) has sent it up 22 per cent

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Friday September 6:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
CYQ Cycliq Group Ltd 0.002 +100.00% $2.8M 7.5M
ARN Aldoro Resources Ltd 0.23 +67.86% $8.3M 1.5M
XPE Xped Ltd 0.0015 +50.00% $2.3M 300.0k
CAV Carnavale Resources Ltd 0.004 +33.33% $5.9M 11.7M
CZN Corazon Mining Ltd 0.004 +33.33% $4.9M 3.5M
GPP Greenpower Energy Ltd 0.004 +33.33% $4.0M 30
MMR MEC Resources Ltd 0.008 +33.33% $5.1M 874.8k
NAE New Age Exploration Ltd 0.004 +33.33% $3.6M 2.0M
WCN White Cliff Minerals Ltd 0.008 +33.33% $3.8M 11.4M
GGE Grand Gulf Energy Ltd 0.0025 +25.00% $2.3M 903.3k
SUR Sun Resources NL 0.0025 +25.00% $3.3M 70.0k
PPL Pureprofile Ltd 0.03 +22.73% $3.2M 423.2k
WBE Whitebark Energy Ltd 0.011 +22.22% $21.6M 29.1M
ENX Enegex Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $966k 1.8k
ADR Adherium Ltd 0.03 +20.00% $5.2M 126.1k
OKU Oklo Resources Ltd 0.13 +18.18% $46.1M 768.8k
EWC Energy World Corp Ltd 0.09 +17.81% $154.4M 212.3k
CCZ Castillo Copper Ltd 0.02 +17.65% $12.2M 3.3M
ACB A-Cap Energy Ltd 0.04 +16.67% $30.5M 6.3k
AYR Alloy Resources Ltd 0.0035 +16.67% $5.9M 325.0k

Going down

Horizon Minerals (ASX:HRZ) lost 14 per cent after telling shareholders it would match a much higher competing bid for Focus Minerals’ (ASX:FML) Coolgardie gold project.

Pilot Energy (ASX:PGY) shares have gone ballistic in the last week for no apparent reason other than being near Warrego Energy (ASX:WGO) and Strike Energy (ASX:STX). But today it lost ground, falling 22 per cent.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Friday September 6:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
AKN Auking Mining Ltd 0.002 -50.00% $933K 80.0k
PCL Pancontinental Oil & Gas NL 0.003 -33.33% $10.8M 4.4M
GLV Global Vanadium Ltd 0.003 -33.33% $6.3M 2.2M
UTR Ultracharge Ltd 0.0015 -25.00% $1.7M 164.3k
MTB Mount Burgess Mining NL 0.0015 -25.00% $780k 250.0k
PGY Pilot Energy Ltd 0.08 -21.87% $6.2M 5.1M
SI6 Six Sigma Metals Ltd 0.004 -20.00% $2.6M 698
THR Thor Mining PLC 0.01 -16.67% $8.2M 2.5k
PWN Parkway Minerals NL 0.005 -16.67% $3.6M 80.1k
LHB LionHub Group Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $4.1M 21.4k
CLZ Classic Minerals Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $10.9M 10.5M
ARE Argonaut Resources NL 0.005 -16.67% $7.8M 850.0k
AMD Arrow Minerals Ltd 0.006 -16.67% $8.4M 2.2M
RBR RBR Group Ltd 0.006 -16.67% $10.7M 1.4M
MTH Mithril Resources Ltd 0.006 -14.29% $2.5M 900.0k
MSE Metalsearch Ltd 0.012 -14.29% $5.8M 2.6M
ICG Inca Minerals Ltd 0.003 -14.29% $9.4M 714.3k
DTR Dateline Resources Ltd 0.003 -14.29% $24.4M 1.1M
DDT DataDot Technology Ltd 0.006 -14.29% $4.8M 111.1k
AUL Austar Gold Ltd 0.003 -14.29% $10.2M 2.7M
ANL Amani Gold Ltd 0.003 -14.29% $15.6M 77.6M
HRZ Horizon Minerals Ltd 0.13 -13.79% $53.5M 789.3k