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:

TickerNamePrice% ChgMarket CapVolume
AYR Alloy Resources Ltd0.00350%$4,700,000300.0k
BUY Bounty Oil & Gas NL0.00433%$3,800,000620.0k
KPL Kina Petroleum Ltd0.0525%$21,100,000211.1k
MEY Marenica Energy Ltd0.1325%$9,200,000640.4k
XPD XPD Soccer Gear Group Ltd0.0225%$7,400,000551.8k
LEX Lefroy Exploration Ltd0.2222%$17,800,000286.1k
DHR Dark Horse Resources Ltd0.00620%$11,900,0003.6M
ADN Andromeda Metals Ltd0.00620%$8,100,0001.7M
RCE Recce Pharmaceuticals Ltd0.2519%$24,600,000722.3k
CMM Capricorn Metals Ltd0.0818%$66,300,0004.4M
ADX ADX Energy Ltd0.00717%$8,500,000800.0k
VMS Venture Minerals Ltd0.0216%$11,500,00030.0k
CLI CropLogic Ltd0.0315%$8,900,00010.3M
KIS King Island Scheelite Ltd0.0615%$15,700,00050.0k
SNS SenSen Networks Ltd0.1215%$48,100,000283.1k
CZL Consolidated Zinc Ltd0.0214%$18,800,000464.4k
MSR Manas Resources Ltd0.00414%$10,600,00050.0k
POH Phosphagenics Ltd0.00414%$6,300,000600.0k
BTH Bigtincan Holdings Ltd0.5214%$116,700,0003.0M

 

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:

TickerNamePrice% ChgMarket CapVolume
SHK Stone Resources Australia Ltd0.002-33%$1,600,0002.0k
QGL Quantum Graphite Ltd0.002-20%$15,100,000450.0k
MRV Moreton Resources Ltd0.004-20%$12,400,000250.0k
ICG Inca Minerals Ltd0.004-20%$12,100,0008.4M
CTO Citigold Corp Ltd0.004-20%$8,600,00058.0k
TAR Taruga Minerals Ltd0.04-18%$5,600,000148.5k
QEM QEM Ltd0.1-17%$10,000,00089.7k
AGR Aguia Resources Ltd0.12-15%$18,100,000712.1k
PVD Pura Vida Energy NL0.012-14%$3,000,000187.8k
AAJ Aruma Resources Ltd0.006-14%$3,600,00040.0k
KP2 Kore Potash PLC0.04-14%$31,800,000221.5k
CGS Cogstate Ltd0.2-13%$23,800,00047.3k
GME GME Resources Ltd0.06-13%$29,400,0009.1k
SP3 Spectur Ltd0.1-13%$5,400,000143.2k
RMI Resource Mining Corp Ltd0.007-13%$2,100,000360.0k
LAA LatAm Autos Ltd0.1-13%$42,900,000681.7k
BCC Beam Communications Holdings0.23-12%$12,200,000119.0k