“We’re back, so suck on that one.”

Australia striker Sam Kerr gave it back to critics of the Matildas with both barrels after after the Matildas came from behind to beat Brazil 3-2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup this morning.

Fair enough, too. It was a World Cup win for the ages, and a much better reflection on where the team is really at after its disastrous 2-1 tournament opening loos to Italy. Hopefully.

Here’s the mildly contentious winning goal:

 

Them’s the breaks. And insofar as World Cups go, it’s about time Australia got a few.

Colorado is also enjoying a win today. The US state has now made $1 billion in marijuana revenue since it was legalised in 2014.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis recently told CNBC that it was going very well, “although I like to tell my peer governors in other states ‘It’s not going well, don’t do it.’”

“There is obviously more advantage to us when we are all a little bit more special.”

Global markets were up on Thursday, driven by gains in oil, iron ore and gold.

Global oil prices rose by 2.2 per cent after attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, which raised fears about a short-term disruption to supplies.

The gold futures price rose by US$8.20 an ounce or 0.6 per cent to $1,345.00 an ounce – that’s $1950 Australian. Iron ore also rose, up by $US3.70 or 3.5 per cent to US$110.20 ($159) a tonne.

The ASX Small Ords Index was up 7.4 points, or 0.26 per cent, to 2839 by 11:45am EST.

Here are the key ASX small cap movers at lunchtime on Friday June 14:

GOING UP

$2.85 billion market cap gold miner Saracen(ASX:SAR) has announced an off-market takeover bid for micro-cap WA gold explorer Bligh Resources (ASX:BGH).

The all-share deal values Bligh at $38.2m or 12.8c per share – a 97 per cent premium to Bligh’s last closing share price of 6.5c. This saw the stock catch a rocket in morning trade.

And major miner Fortescue Metals (ASX:FMG) will form a $4m exploration JV with Tasman Resources (ASX:TAS),  right next door to BHP’s massive Olympic Dam mine in South Australia.

Tasman investors loved the news, sending the stock up 25 per cent to 3.5c.

Tasman’s project, which hosts the Vulcan iron oxide-copper-gold-uranium (“IOCGU”) prospect, was  subject to a prior farm-in agreement in 2011 with Rio Tinto, which bailed early after spending $10m.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Friday June 14:

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TickerNamePriceChangeMarket Cap (AU$)Volume
BGHBligh Resources 0.13+100.00%23,000,000120.0k
CYQCycliq Group 0.002+100.00%1,500,0003.0M
IAMIntiger Group 0.002+100.00%2,500,0004.0M
AKNAuking Mining 0.0015+50.00%932,60097.8k
MLSMetals Australia 0.002+33.33%4,400,000300.0k
RIMRimfire Pacific Mining0.004+33.33%4,300,000427.0k
AUHAustChina Holdings 0.005+25.00%3,300,0002.3M
DTRDateline Resources 0.0025+25.00%19,900,0005.0M
IVOInvigor Group 0.005+25.00%14,200,000400.0k
POWProtean Energy 0.01+25.00%2,200,000912.3k
TYXTyranna Resources 0.005+25.00%3,800,000300.0k
UTRUltracharge 0.0025+25.00%2,700,00040.0k
AVCAuctus Alternative Investments0.34+24.07%7,200,00031.7k
TASTasman Resources 0.03+21.43%14,300,00014.3M
ANLAmani Gold 0.003+20.00%13,000,000666.7k
BLYBoart Longyear 0.01+20.00%157,000,0004.9M
MGTMagnetite Mines 0.01+20.00%4,800,000500.0k
PBXPacific Bauxite 0.01+20.00%4,800,000128.7k
PNXPNX Metals0.01+20.00%12,200,0001.5M

 

GOING DOWN

In May last year global animal health company Zoetis signed an exclusive licence with Anatara Lifesciences (ASX:ANR) for its non-antibiotic diarrhoea treatment for livestock and horses. Zoetis was planning to develop, make, and market the treatment worldwide.

But today, Anatara announced that the deal was over; Zoetis had “given notice of termination of the exclusive worldwide license of Detach for livestock and horses”.

Anatara says it will now undertake a strategic review and provide an update to the market in the coming weeks.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Friday, June 14:

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TickerNamePriceChangeMarket CapVolume
CADCaeneus Minerals 0.001-50.00%3,200,000290.0k
ANRAnatara Lifesciences 0.2-42.86%16,600,000835.3k
PNNPepinNini Lithium 0.002-33.33%3,100,0007.7M
IMCImmuron 0.12-20.69%21,200,000792.9k
ARVArtemis Resources 0.03-18.42%25,200,0004.1M
MRVMoreton Resources 0.005-16.67%18,600,000180.0k
MZNMarindi Metals 0.0025-16.67%6,400,0003.0M
FGOFlamingo AI 0.01-16.67%9,000,00014.2M
IMUImugene 0.01-15.63%57,800,00026.2M
GALGalileo Mining 0.14-15.62%13,800,000150.0k
TZLTZ 0.12-14.29%9,900,000642k
GTGGenetic Technologies 0.01-14.29%19,000,00080.0k
AQDAusQuest 0.01-13.33%8,200,000120.0k
LAALatAm Autos 0.05-12.70%26,400,00070.1k
WWGWiseway Group 0.25-12.50%33,900,00093.0k
KEYKey Petroleum 0.004-11.11%7,000,0008.3M
IMSImpelus 0.01-11.11%5,500,00087.0k
ARUArafura Resources 0.13-10.34%78,100,0009.9M
SEISpeciality Metals0.03-10.34%19,100,000418.5k
GGGGreenland Minerals 0.14-10.00%141,600,0007.1M