A police therapy dog in the US was caught red-handed pilfering toys due to be shipped to a local charity.

The mystery of the missing toys was solved when Franklin Police Department officers intercepted golden retriever Ben Franklin (haha) carrying a baby doll in its carrier back to his stash.

A riveting low speed chase ensued.

The markets are settling down, with the peaceful Christmas/New Year period now officially upon us.

This morning, the ASX200 fell by 0.26 per cent to 6,799 points. The Small Ords followed suit, down 0.26 per cent to 2,904 points.

GOING UP

Gibb River Diamonds (ASX:GIB) has acquired the mothballed Ellendale diamond mine in the West Kimberley region of WA, sending the stock on a ~120 per cent run in morning trade.

The Ellendale project has already produced 1.3 million carats, including over 50 per cent of global annual production of ‘fancy yellow’ diamonds.

The mine closed in 2015 when former owner Kimberly Diamond Company went into administration.

And Key Petroleum (ASX:KEY) has emerged as the latest junior to target the Perth Basin, executing a land access agreement that paves the way for exploration drilling in the western and southern parts of its Bookara Shelf project, immediately to the north of the producing Waitsia gas field.

Investors liked the news, sending the stock up 20 per cent in morning trade.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Monday December 23:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap
GIB Gibb River Diamonds 0.06 +118.52% $10.6M
ANW Aus Tin Mining 0.002 +100.00% $5.2M
PCL Pancontinental Oil & Gas 0.002 +100.00% $10.8M
AFR African Energy Resources 0.03 +50.00% $16.8M
FGO Flamingo AI 0.002 +33.33% $2.2M
MMR MEC Resources 0.005 +25.00% $3.4M
TSC Twenty Seven Co 0.005 +25.00% $6.1M
MAY Melbana Energy 0.011 +22.22% $20.7M
OLV Otherlevels Holdings 0.011 +22.22% $3.2M
NVO NVOI 0.02 +21.43% $25.2M
KEY Key Petroleum 0.006 +20.00% $10.3M
WCN White Cliff Minerals 0.006 +20.00% $2.8M
NME Nex Metals Exploration 0.013 +18.18% $2.5M
MRQ MRG Metals 0.02 +17.65% $20.5M
NWE Norwest Energy 0.007 +16.67% $29.9M
1AD Adalta 0.12 +15.00% $18.9M
UUV UUV Aquabotix 0.004 +14.29% $2.1M
PWN Parkway Minerals 0.008 +14.29% $11.3M
CT1 CCP Technologies 0.03 +13.64% $24.4M

 

GOING DOWN

Resources and infrastructure services company Decmil (ASX:DCG) fell 33 per cent, hit on a less-than-impressive market update.

As did Traffic Technologies (ASX:TTI), which says trading revenue for the half-year to December 31 will be ~10 per cent lower than the same period last year due to “slow trading conditions”.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Monday December 23:

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Ticker Name Price % Chg Market Cap
CCE Carnegie Clean Energy 0.001 -33.33% $11.1M
DCG Decmil Group 0.45 -32.96% $106.5M
PNC Pioneer Credit 1.76 -28.46% $111.9M
ANL Amani Gold 0.0015 -25.00% $9.1M
LRS Latin Resources 0.006 -25.00% $1.9M
MGT Magnetite Mines 0.004 -20.00% $3.9M
BMG BMG Resources 0.004 -20.00% $2.3M
ARE Argonaut Resources 0.004 -20.00% $6.3M
ARM Aurora Minerals 0.009 -18.18% $2.1M
QFY Quantify Technology 0.005 -16.67% $7.5M
AWV Anova Metals 0.01 -16.67% $6.4M
TTI Traffic Technologies 0.02 -15.79% $7.7M
LSH Lifespot Health 0.03 -14.29% $2.3M
DRE Dreadnought Resources 0.006 -14.29% $10.3M
NHL Novita Healthcare 0.05 -14.06% $42.0M
SVD ScandiVanadium 0.008 -11.11% $2.8M
ESH Esports Mogul 0.008 -11.11% $16.2M