News just in – 60,000 rubber ducks were dumped in the Chicago River overnight.

But all is well, because it was for the Rubber Ducky Derby. Now an annual event, each rubber duck is adopted for US$5 online and after being dumped into the river by a truck they get hosed to the finish line.

All proceeds go to help the Special Olympics but one lucky winner walks home with a 2019 Chevy Equinox.

It’s a great annual event, but not a world record. Back in 2008, 250,000 rubber ducks raced down the River Thames. But you could argue it didn’t count because the ducks weren’t yellow. They were blue.

Markets aren’t exactly racing for the finish line this week, but today has been a good day. The ASX Small Ords gained 0.57 per cent to 2,873 while the ASX 200 gained 0.10 per cent to 6,575.

The latter has had its worst week since Christmas but the former has only had its worst week since early June and had an eight-week winning streak since. Keep your eyes out next week for unemployment figures and the wage price index.

Going up

Clancy Exploration (ASX: CLYDA) shares went ballistic this morning after an update on a proposed acquisition of a rare earths project. In a nutshell, the path is clearer than it could have otherwise been.

This is the fourth biggest one-day gain this year behind Orthocell (ASX: OCC) on May 8, Chongherr Investments (ASX: CDH) on July 26 and Hylea Metals (ASX: HCO) on June 24 which all gained over 300 per cent.

Konekt (ASX: KKT) jumped 27 per cent after announcing an acquisition.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Friday August 9:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
CLYDA Clancy Exploration Ltd 0.07 +240.00% $9.6M 2.3M
DRE Dreadnought Resources Ltd 0.004 +33.33% $5.9M 566.4k
MLS Metals Australia Ltd 0.002 +33.33% $5.9M 1.3M
KKT Konekt Ltd 0.29 +26.09% $29.6M 55.1k
CT1 CCP Technologies Ltd 0.02 +25.00% $7.4M 1.6M
MNC Metminco Ltd 0.0025 +25.00% $3.0M 2.8M
BSX Blackstone Minerals Ltd 0.13 +23.81% $19.9M 1.1M
NZS New Zealand Coastal Seafoods Ltd 0.02 +22.22% $11.7M 368.6k
RDN Raiden Resources Ltd 0.011 +22.22% $4.5M 1.9M
KP2 Kore Potash PLC 0.03 +22.22% $28.4M 49.9k
FGO Flamingo AI Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $6.7M 85.0k
GTG Genetic Technologies Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $17.6M 4.9M
KGM KalNorth Gold Mines Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $5.4M 120.0k
SMD Syndicated Metals Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $4.0M 400.0k
IHL Impression Healthcare Ltd 0.09 +18.99% $58.5M 37.1M
MGU Magnum Mining and Exploration 0.07 +18.64% $19.6M 170.7k
MSM MSM Corp International Ltd 0.014 +16.67% $11.7M 1.0M
ANL Amani Gold Ltd 0.0035 +16.67% $18.2M 27.9M
BLY Boart Longyear Ltd 0.004 +16.67% $184.1M 326.6k
LMG Latrobe Magnesium Ltd 0.004 +16.67% $9.1M 714.3k
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Going down

While Big River Gold (ASX: BRV) shareholders initially responded well to a capital raise announced earlier this week, it’s down 13 per cent today.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Friday August 9:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
GPP Greenpower Energy Ltd 0.001 -50.00% $2.0M 1.7M
CLZ Classic Minerals Ltd 0.0015 -25.00% $6.3M 13.7M
IMS Impelus Ltd 0.007 -22.22% $4.8M 93.0k
TMX Terrain Minerals Ltd 0.004 -20.00% $2.6M 200.0k
THR Thor Mining PLC 0.011 -15.38% $9.0M 1.5M
NWE Norwest Energy NL 0.003 -14.29% $10.1M 955.5k
VN8 Vonex Ltd 0.1 -13.64% $14.2M 152.9k
BRV Big River Gold Ltd 0.02 -13.04% $20.6M 35.9M
SRN Surefire Resources NL 0.008 -11.11% $3.5M 4.3M
SCL Schrole Group Ltd 0.008 -11.11% $6.3M 100.0k
LSR Lodestar Minerals Ltd 0.008 -11.11% $6.0M 43.7k
RFR Rafaella Resources Ltd 0.17 -10.81% $6.3M 5.0k
HNR Hannans Ltd 0.009 -10.00% $17.9M 999.7k
VML Vital Metals Ltd 0.01 -9.09% $19.2M 1.3M
ADX ADX Energy Ltd 0.01 -9.09% $12.2M 2.6M
TIN TNT Mines Ltd 0.1 -9.09% $3.0M 11
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Something completely different…

Big Ben? Buckingham Palace? Tower of London? Pfft. The one place to visit in London is Abbey Road – where 50 years ago this week ‘that photo’ was taken.

Fans have flown from all over the world to mark the anniversary of the day the Beatles took a photoshoot for what would be their last album Let it Be. Some fans spent the entire day there.