Undefeated WBC world heavyweight boxing champ Deontay Wilder – who has 41 knockouts from 42 fights — is now Pope Francis’ Ambassador for Peace.

Your Ambassador for Peace, everyone:

“Be peaceful or else,” he probably told US – China officials, who finally announced a “phase one” trade agreement on Friday. Happy days.

There’s also some key Australian data out today, including the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook which “is likely to show an improved fiscal position”, according to the Commonwealth Bank.

The ASX Small Ords – which measures the health of the smaller end of the market – was up 0.52 per cent to 2,895 points in morning trade.

 

WINNERS

National Veterinary Care (ASX:NVL) shares shot up over 50 per cent this morning on a takeover bid that the board wasted no time in endorsing.

Private company VetPartners, which operates 140 clinics across Australia, NZ and Singapore, made a $3.70 per share takeover bid, valuing National Veterinary Care at $251.5m — a 56.8 per cent premium to its closing share price last Friday.

READ: Petcare is a $US125bn market; here are the small cap contenders

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Monday December 16:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap
NVL National Veterinary Care 3.61 +52.97% $242.4M
LSA Lachlan Star 0.006 +50.00% $4.5M
CCE Carnegie Clean Energy 0.0015 +50.00% $16.7M
SRN Surefire Resources 0.003 +50.00% $1.9M
LIT Lithium Australia 0.07 +33.33% $37.9M
EPM Eclipse Uranium 0.004 +33.33% $4.9M
KMT Kopore Metals 0.004 +33.33% $2.6M
RAN Range International 0.02 +33.33% $4.8M
AYR Alloy Resources 0.002 +33.33% $4.2M
PNN PepinNini Lithium 0.0025 +25.00% $3.6M
IDZ Indoor Skydiving Australia 0.012 +20.00% $4.0M
SLX Silex Systems 0.4 +17.65% $66.5M
WWI West Wits Mining 0.007 +16.67% $6.5M
LIN Lindian Resources 0.04 +16.22% $23.7M
AFR African Energy Resources 0.02 +15.38% $9.3M
GIB Gibb River Diamonds 0.02 +15.00% $4.1M
RCW RightCrowd 0.25 +13.64% $49.8M
PSC Prospect Resources 0.17 +13.33% $40.1M

 

LOSERS

A 1.2c stock on April 1, Brazilian gold explorer Meteoric Resources (ASX:MEI)  had motored to 4.7c by last Friday — that’s a 291 per cent return for investors.

But there will be no early Christmas present for the former market darling, which has just plunged ~27 per cent on some pretty average drilling results at the Novo Astro project.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Monday December 16:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap
ECT Environmental Clean Technologies 0.001 -50.00% $4.8M
PSM Peninsula Mines 0.002 -33.33% $2.0M
CAD Caeneus Minerals 0.001 -33.33% $2.3M
BAS Bass Oil 0.002 -33.33% $6.7M
MEI Meteoric Resources 0.03 -27.66% $38.1M
PCL Pancontinental Oil & Gas 0.0015 -25.00% $8.1M
GTE Great Western Exploration 0.003 -25.00% $3.8M
ARE Argonaut Resources 0.003 -25.00% $4.7M
ENT Enterprise Metals 0.007 -22.22% $3.2M
PPL Pureprofile 0.011 -21.43% $1.3M
KOR Korab Resources 0.011 -21.43% $3.5M
OLL OpenLearning 0.13 -21.21% $18.2M
WRM White Rock Minerals 0.004 -20.00% $7.4M
MRD Mount Ridley Mines 0.002 -20.00% $5.4M
PRN Perenti Global 1.73 -17.22% $1.1B
REF Reverse Corp 0.005 -16.67% $464K
KEY Key Petroleum 0.005 -16.67% $8.4M
RFN Reffind 0.0025 -16.67% $1.6M