Pixar’s new trailer for Toy Story 4 is full of enjoyable themes like abandonment, existential dread, and very creepy dolls.

Like this:

Old dolls are new clowns. pic: Toy Story 4

Moving on.

In more businessy news, British PM Theresa May is expected to plead for a Brexit extension this week.

US-China trade talks continue, but the outlook is mixed ; Bloomberg says China is digging in against US demands, but Wall Street Journal reckons a deal between the world’s two largest economies is in its final stages.

The spot gold price was near US$1,306 an ounce in late US trade.

Those investors backing Aussie gold producers are laughing all the way to the bank right now — that’s $1850 per ounce in the local currency.

Going prospecting never looked so lucrative.

Following a strong surge from late December through to late February, the ASX Small Ords has been rumbling along in first gear.

Today, the index is down 0.53 per cent to 2775 point at 12pm EST.

Here’s the state of play at lunch Wednesday March 20:

WINNERS

Funtasic puts the ‘(ASX:FUN)’ in our lunchtime wrap — up 155 per cent in morning trade on no apparent news.

But wait – last year the company made a deal to distribute Toy Story 4 toys in Australia and New Zealand ahead of the movie’s release in June 2019.

It’s amazing how things come together.

Coal miner Paringa Resources (ASX:PNL) was  up 23 per cent to 16c after securing a $US56 million loan to accelerate production at its Poplar grove mine in Kentucky.

It’s a step in the right direction, but Paringa still has some work to do if it wants to get back to those year-high prices of around 36c a share.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm on Wednesday, March 20:

ASX Code Name Last Price Percentage Change Market Cap Volume
BAS Bass Oil 0.003 50% $7,800,000 300.0k
DTR Dateline Resources 0.003 50% $22,900,000 2.1M
PNN PepinNini Lithium 0.004 33% $3,700,000 210.0k
FRX Flexiroam 0.05 25% $8,900,000 6.0k
MNC Metminco 0.003 25% $3,000,000 1.0M
PNL Paringa Resources 0.16 23% $71,000,000 1.4M
GOO Gooroo Ventures 0.06 23% $6,700,000 227.6k
DTM Dart Mining 0.006 20% $5,600,000 1.0M
GLN Galan Lithium 0.31 19% $30,000,000 1.1M
JPR Jupiter Energy 0.05 18% $6,900,000 40.1k
SPX Spectrum Metals 0.015 15% $15,800,000 40.8M
RBR RBR Group 0.023 15% $16,400,000 4.4M
FUN Funtastic 0.05 155 $12,800,000 15.9k
FAU First Au 0.02 14% $6,300,000 110.0k
ARD Argent Minerals 0.016 14% $8,100,000 62.5k
HGM High Grade Metals 0.008 15% $3,600,000 125.0k
KEY Key Petroleum 0.008 14% $11,300,000 600.0k
TV2 TV2U International 0.008 14% $17,300,000 1.7M
FFG Fatfish Blockchain 0.018 20% $9,600,000 2.8M
PKO Peako 0.018 13% $1,300,000 100.0k

LOSERS

On no news, European Lithium (ASX:EUR) was down 22 per cent to 14c; Six Sigma Metals (ASX:S16) fell 25 per cent to 0.3c; and Shareroot (ASX:SRO) dropped 33 per cent to 0.1c.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm on Wednesday, March 20:

ASX Code Name Last Price Percentage Change Market Cap Volume
ECX Eclipx Group 0.94 -50% $603,000,000 2.3M
SRO Shareroot 0.001 -33% $1,600,000 52.0k
APG Austpac Resources 0.001 -33% $2,100,000 2.7M
SL1 Symbol Mining 0.013 -32% $7,600,000 1.6M
SI6 Six Sigma Metals 0.003 -25% $1,400,000 1.5M
GLA Gladiator Resources 0.002 -25% $2,200,000 1.4M
EUR European Lithium 0.14 -22% $77,500,000 1.3M
OEX Oilex 0.004 -20% $10,300,000 317.5k
MPR MPower Group 0.021 -19% $3,700,000 800.0k
ODM Odin Metals 0.12 -18% $17,700,000 360.0k
WCN White Cliff Minerals 0.005 -17% $2,400,000 20.4k
RIM Rimfire Pacific Mining 0.005 -17% $5,300,000 85.0k
ADN Andromeda Metals 0.005 -17% $6,800,000 3.8M
1ST 1st Group 0.05 -15% $14,900,000 569.9k
MEY Marenica Energy 0.09 -15% $6,500,000 837
VAN Vango Mining 0.12 -14% $71,600,000 504.5k
MSE Metalsearch 0.006 -14% $2,900,000 1.9M
FTT Factor Therapeutics 0.003 -14% $3,100,000 23.1k