Another day, another naked Brexit protest.

There was more voting deadlock in the UK House of Commons overnight, as Britain continues to lurch towards the Brexit cliff.

Adding to the drama, a bunch of activists glued their hands to the public gallery and showed their bare buttocks to the chamber. They were later arrested for “outraging public decency”.

And if nude protests are your thing, then House speaker John Bercow has the following message:

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Back to stocks, and a positive session on US markets helped buoy the local bourse this morning, ahead of two key events with the RBA’s interest rate announcement followed by tonight’s federal Budget.

The ASX Small Ords climbed 21 points to a reading of 2,780.90 at 12pm AEST, good enough for a 0.76 per cent gain.

WINNERS

As is often the case, there were a couple of big percentage gains among the minnows, led by Alloy Resources (AYR), which jumped 50 per cent to 0.3 cents per share.

It followed an exploration update on the company’s farm-in agreement with Rio Tinto for the Telfer gold deposit in Paterson Province, WA.

Bounty Oil & Gas (ASX: BUY) was the morning’s second-best performer, up 33 per cent to 0.4 cents on no news.

Elsewhere, uranium play Marenica Energy (ASX: MEY) posted a 25 per cent gain to 13 cents, after announcing at the end of last week that it had secured a strategic uranium licence in Namibia.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at midday on Monday, April 2:

Ticker Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
AYR Alloy Resources Ltd 0.003 50% $4,700,000 300.0k
BUY Bounty Oil & Gas NL 0.004 33% $3,800,000 620.0k
KPL Kina Petroleum Ltd 0.05 25% $21,100,000 211.1k
MEY Marenica Energy Ltd 0.13 25% $9,200,000 640.4k
XPD XPD Soccer Gear Group Ltd 0.02 25% $7,400,000 551.8k
LEX Lefroy Exploration Ltd 0.22 22% $17,800,000 286.1k
DHR Dark Horse Resources Ltd 0.006 20% $11,900,000 3.6M
ADN Andromeda Metals Ltd 0.006 20% $8,100,000 1.7M
RCE Recce Pharmaceuticals Ltd 0.25 19% $24,600,000 722.3k
CMM Capricorn Metals Ltd 0.08 18% $66,300,000 4.4M
ADX ADX Energy Ltd 0.007 17% $8,500,000 800.0k
VMS Venture Minerals Ltd 0.02 16% $11,500,000 30.0k
CLI CropLogic Ltd 0.03 15% $8,900,000 10.3M
KIS King Island Scheelite Ltd 0.06 15% $15,700,000 50.0k
SNS SenSen Networks Ltd 0.12 15% $48,100,000 283.1k
CZL Consolidated Zinc Ltd 0.02 14% $18,800,000 464.4k
MSR Manas Resources Ltd 0.004 14% $10,600,000 50.0k
POH Phosphagenics Ltd 0.004 14% $6,300,000 600.0k
BTH Bigtincan Holdings Ltd 0.52 14% $116,700,000 3.0M

 

LOSERS

Inca Minerals (ASX: ICG) came back to earth with a 20 per cent fall to 0.4 cents, one day after jumping by 25 per cent following news of an earn-in agreement with large-cap miner South32.

The rest of the major falls were seen among various penny stocks in the resources sector, with no major news of note that would have driven investors to hit the sell button.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at midday on Monday, April 2:

Ticker Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
SHK Stone Resources Australia Ltd 0.002 -33% $1,600,000 2.0k
QGL Quantum Graphite Ltd 0.002 -20% $15,100,000 450.0k
MRV Moreton Resources Ltd 0.004 -20% $12,400,000 250.0k
ICG Inca Minerals Ltd 0.004 -20% $12,100,000 8.4M
CTO Citigold Corp Ltd 0.004 -20% $8,600,000 58.0k
TAR Taruga Minerals Ltd 0.04 -18% $5,600,000 148.5k
QEM QEM Ltd 0.1 -17% $10,000,000 89.7k
AGR Aguia Resources Ltd 0.12 -15% $18,100,000 712.1k
PVD Pura Vida Energy NL 0.012 -14% $3,000,000 187.8k
AAJ Aruma Resources Ltd 0.006 -14% $3,600,000 40.0k
KP2 Kore Potash PLC 0.04 -14% $31,800,000 221.5k
CGS Cogstate Ltd 0.2 -13% $23,800,000 47.3k
GME GME Resources Ltd 0.06 -13% $29,400,000 9.1k
SP3 Spectur Ltd 0.1 -13% $5,400,000 143.2k
RMI Resource Mining Corp Ltd 0.007 -13% $2,100,000 360.0k
LAA LatAm Autos Ltd 0.1 -13% $42,900,000 681.7k
BCC Beam Communications Holdings 0.23 -12% $12,200,000 119.0k