You’ve probably heard of Fortnite, the world’s most popular video game which made Epic Games about $US3 billion in profits last year.

Well, the sixth in line to the British throne is not a fan. Prince Harry reckons the game should be banned, calling it an addictive creation designed “to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible”.

Closer to home, and local markets are acting as something of a wet blanket themselves, with falls accelerating following yesterday’s small decline.

The Small Ords had lost more than 20 points by 12pm AEST to a reading of 2,756.10, down 0.8 per cent for the session.

GOING UP

Leading the pack today were mining and energy minnows Pancontinental Oil & Gas NL (ASX: PCL) and PepinNini Lithium Ltd (ASX: PPN), which both registered a 50 per cent gain to 0.3 cents per share — although there were no key developments for either company.

Mineral Commodities (ASX: MRC) had a good session, gaining 25 per cent to 20 cents after yesterday’s announcement that it had purchased a 100 per cent interest in the Trælen graphite mine in northern Norway for $9.2 million.

And copper miner Hot Chili (ASX: HCH) jumped by almost 30 per cent to climb back above 3 cents per share. The company got a please-explain from the ASX in February after its share price almost doubled in three days.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at midday on Friday, April 5:

TickerNamePrice% ChgMarket CapVolume
PCLPancontinental Oil & Gas0.00350%$16,200,000400.0k
PNNPepinNini Lithium Ltd0.00350%$2,500,000331.6k
FTTFactor Therapeutics Ltd0.00433%$4,200,0005.0M
MRDMount Ridley Mines Ltd0.00233%$4,700,000400.0k
LHMLand & Homes Group Ltd0.01427%$14,700,000345k
MRCMineral Commodities Ltd0.225%$84,200,000385.9k
HCHHot Chili Ltd0.0325%$33,400,0001.7M
DW8Digital Wine Ventures Ltd0.00525%$2,800,00050.0k
MNCMetminco Ltd0.00325%$3,000,000700.0k
DHRDark Horse Resources Ltd0.00620%$11,900,000200.0k
IMSImpelus Ltd0.01220%$8,300,000300.0k
PMYPacifico Minerals Ltd0.00620%$9,900,00027.8k
WCNWhite Cliff Minerals Ltd0.00620%$2,800,000100.0k
KFEKogi Iron Ltd0.0920%$59,900,0001.8M
REYRey Resources Ltd0.1717%$36,100,00030.0k
GGGGreenland Minerals Ltd0.0617%$70,200,0002.6M
BNRBulletin Resources Ltd0.02117%$3,800,00025.0k
RFNReffind Ltd0.00717%$3,600,0001.3M
UTRUltracharge Ltd0.00717%$6,600,000329.2k
MAUMagnetic Resources NL0.315%$57,300,000572.6k

 

GOING DOWN

Shares in Austral Gold (ASX: ASG) came out of a trading halt and sank by more than 20 per cent to 9 cents, after the company announced yesterday that it would be placing its 70 per cent-owned Casposo mine in Argentina on “care and maintenance”.

And it was another rough session for sportswear company XPD Soccer Gear Group Ltd (ASX: XPD), which fell by more than 20 per cent to 1.6 cents after a 10 per cent fall yesterday, after the company released an updated corporate governance statement.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at midday on Friday, April 5:

TickerNamePrice% ChgMarket CapVolume
CYQCycliq Group Ltd0.002-33%$1,900,000100.0k
AGDAustral Gold Ltd0.09-23%$45,400,00011.9k
XPDXPD Soccer Gear Group Ltd0.014-22%$6,100,0002.4M
RLCReedy Lagoon Corp Ltd0.004-20%$1,600,0001.6M
DTRDateline Resources Ltd0.002-20%$15,900,000200.0k
LI3Lithium Consolidated Ltd0.09-17%$8,300,00069.5k
HNRHannans Ltd0.01-17%$19,900,000637.9k
GIBGibb River Diamonds Ltd0.05-15%$8,200,00040.0k
CUXCrossland Strategic Metals Ltd0.006-14%$6,100,0001.0M
SRHSaferoads Holdings Ltd0.31-14%$11,300,00010.0k
IHRintelliHR Holdings Ltd0.13-13%$13,700,0005.8k
GSWGetSwift Ltd0.28-13%$54,700,000872.0k
SRISipa Resources Ltd0.007-13%$11,100,0006.0k
PGRPAS Group Ltd/The0.21-13%$28,700,00017.3k
VKAViking Mines Ltd0.008-11%$2,500,00096.8k
IAMIntiger Group Ltd0.008-11%$15,100,000259.2k
KNMKneoMedia Ltd0.03-10%$17,000,000167.0k
SYTSyntonic Ltd0.009-10%$23,900,0006.9M
NUSNusantara Resources Ltd0.19-10%$31,900,0005.2k