When you take an Uber, you rate your driver and your driver rates you. Sometimes you share a good conversation, but other times…

But we’ll never know how this potential Uber ride yesterday at Bondi turned out. The driver drove into what they thought was a driveway but it was actually a set of stairs.

The driver will reportedly avoid charges but we would imagine potential passengers may put a little thought into their rating if they came across this vehicle.

Pic: Nine

Thankfully the car did not plunge that far down the stairs even though it is stuck.

Our markets are in a similar state, having fallen from July highs to be stagnant today. The ASX Small Ords is only 1 point higher today, 0.04 per cent to 2,871, while the ASX 200 is currently unchanged at 6,590.

NAB business confidence is up but business conditions are down despite the June and July rate cuts. As for ANZ/Roy Morgan consumer confidence, it fell marginally by 0.3 per cent last week.

While there was little no news out of the US overnight, there was bad news out of Argentina, Brazil and Hong Kong with another populist win, a fall in economic activity and protests forcing an airport to shut down.

Going up

It was a hot morning for the acquirers today. Inca Minerals (ASX: ICG) has climbed 33 per cent after buying another iron ore, copper and gold project.

Metalsearch (ASX: MSE) has bought an entire company – private explorer Abercorn Kaolin – and it is up 57 per cent.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Tuesday August 13:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
RNX Renegade Exploration Ltd 0.004 +60.00% $2.9M 3.8M
MSE Metalsearch Ltd 0.0011 +57.14% $5.3M 93.1M
MZN Marindi Metals Ltd 0.003 +50.00% $4.5M 20.9M
SYT Syntonic Ltd 0.003 +50.00% $10.0M 170.0k
ICG Inca Minerals Ltd 0.004 +33.33% $12.4M 250.0k
ROG Red Sky Energy Ltd 0.002 +33.33% $2.5M 10.8M
WML Woomera Mining Ltd 0.05 +28.57% $5.1M 64.9k
EMPDC Emperor Energy Ltd 0.04 +25.00% $3.0M 48.1k
WCN White Cliff Minerals Ltd 0.005 +25.00% $1.9M 670.0k
FGO Flamingo AI Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $6.7M 1.1M
OAU Ora Gold Ltd 0.012 +20.00% $7.8M 500.0k
WNB Wellness and Beauty Solutions 0.012 +20.00% $4.6M 2.1M
AUC Ausgold Ltd 0.03 +18.18% $20.6M 6.4M
AAJ Aruma Resources Ltd 0.007 +16.67% $4.6M 2.0M
CTO Citigold Corp Ltd 0.007 +16.67% $13.0M 7.4M
DTR Dateline Resources Ltd 0.0035 +16.67% $28.5M 23.9M
GTE Great Western Exploration Ltd 0.007 +16.67% $9.3M 16.5M
ANW Aus Tin Mining Ltd 0.008 +14.29% $17.7M 2.1M
TAS Tasman Resources Ltd 0.06 +14.29% $33.8M 230.8k
PCK Painchek Ltd 0.22 +12.82% $196.5M 5.0M
FPL Fremont Petroleum Corp Ltd 0.009 +12.50% $15.0M 291.5k

Going down

Australian Pacific Coal (ASX: AQC) has crashed after the Independent Planning Commission refused its request for another five years of mine life.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Tuesday August 13:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
AQC Australian Pacific Coal Ltd 0.22 -42.11% $11.1M 626.6k
UTR Ultracharge Ltd 0.002 -33.33% $2.1M 350.0k
DDD 3D Resources Ltd 0.001 -33.33% $1.1M 100.0k
CLZ Classic Minerals Ltd 0.001 -33.33% $4.2M 5.0M
CAD Caeneus Minerals Ltd 0.001 -33.33% $2.1M 400.0k
ACS Accent Resources NL 0.004 -33.33% $724K 10.0k
TAR Taruga Minerals Ltd 0.02 -23.33% $3.2M 2.5k
FAU First Au Ltd 0.03 -22.86% $7.1M 14.0M
LI3 Lithium Consolidated Ltd 0.05 -20.29% $5.3M 14.7k
QFY Quantify Technology Holdings Ltd 0.004 -20.00% $4.6M 2.9M
RHI Red Hill Iron Ltd 0.17 -19.05% $9.3M 20.0k
PSZ PS&C Ltd 0.06 -15.58% $16.3M 57.5k
LML Lincoln Minerals Ltd 0.006 -14.29% $3.4M 50.0k
ANL Amani Gold Ltd 0.003 -14.29% $15.6M 22.4M
TMT Technology Metals Australia Lt 0.18 -14.29% $15.8M 648.8k
KKL Kollakorn Corp Ltd 0.013 -13.33% $2.8M 4.9k
ECS ECS Botanics Holdings Ltd 0.08 -12.64% $38.6M 12.7M

Something a little different…

If you rely on your bank for petrol purchasing advice, CommSec’s released a report showing petrol prices are at the lowest level in five months averaging 137.9 cents per litre.

But today Sydney and Brisbane prices are $1.49 and $1.43 respectively so CommSec economist Ryan Felsman said you should “top up rather than fill up to preserve the family budget”.

The lowest prices are in Adelaide with $1.28 and Perth at $1.30. Felsman argued prices will rise in the next week and this can affect consumer spending and in turn, prospects for retailers.