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:

Ticker Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
PCL Pancontinental Oil & Gas 0.003 50% $16,200,000 400.0k
PNN PepinNini Lithium Ltd 0.003 50% $2,500,000 331.6k
FTT Factor Therapeutics Ltd 0.004 33% $4,200,000 5.0M
MRD Mount Ridley Mines Ltd 0.002 33% $4,700,000 400.0k
LHM Land & Homes Group Ltd 0.014 27% $14,700,000 345k
MRC Mineral Commodities Ltd 0.2 25% $84,200,000 385.9k
HCH Hot Chili Ltd 0.03 25% $33,400,000 1.7M
DW8 Digital Wine Ventures Ltd 0.005 25% $2,800,000 50.0k
MNC Metminco Ltd 0.003 25% $3,000,000 700.0k
DHR Dark Horse Resources Ltd 0.006 20% $11,900,000 200.0k
IMS Impelus Ltd 0.012 20% $8,300,000 300.0k
PMY Pacifico Minerals Ltd 0.006 20% $9,900,000 27.8k
WCN White Cliff Minerals Ltd 0.006 20% $2,800,000 100.0k
KFE Kogi Iron Ltd 0.09 20% $59,900,000 1.8M
REY Rey Resources Ltd 0.17 17% $36,100,000 30.0k
GGG Greenland Minerals Ltd 0.06 17% $70,200,000 2.6M
BNR Bulletin Resources Ltd 0.021 17% $3,800,000 25.0k
RFN Reffind Ltd 0.007 17% $3,600,000 1.3M
UTR Ultracharge Ltd 0.007 17% $6,600,000 329.2k
MAU Magnetic Resources NL 0.3 15% $57,300,000 572.6k

 

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:

Ticker Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
CYQ Cycliq Group Ltd 0.002 -33% $1,900,000 100.0k
AGD Austral Gold Ltd 0.09 -23% $45,400,000 11.9k
XPD XPD Soccer Gear Group Ltd 0.014 -22% $6,100,000 2.4M
RLC Reedy Lagoon Corp Ltd 0.004 -20% $1,600,000 1.6M
DTR Dateline Resources Ltd 0.002 -20% $15,900,000 200.0k
LI3 Lithium Consolidated Ltd 0.09 -17% $8,300,000 69.5k
HNR Hannans Ltd 0.01 -17% $19,900,000 637.9k
GIB Gibb River Diamonds Ltd 0.05 -15% $8,200,000 40.0k
CUX Crossland Strategic Metals Ltd 0.006 -14% $6,100,000 1.0M
SRH Saferoads Holdings Ltd 0.31 -14% $11,300,000 10.0k
IHR intelliHR Holdings Ltd 0.13 -13% $13,700,000 5.8k
GSW GetSwift Ltd 0.28 -13% $54,700,000 872.0k
SRI Sipa Resources Ltd 0.007 -13% $11,100,000 6.0k
PGR PAS Group Ltd/The 0.21 -13% $28,700,000 17.3k
VKA Viking Mines Ltd 0.008 -11% $2,500,000 96.8k
IAM Intiger Group Ltd 0.008 -11% $15,100,000 259.2k
KNM KneoMedia Ltd 0.03 -10% $17,000,000 167.0k
SYT Syntonic Ltd 0.009 -10% $23,900,000 6.9M
NUS Nusantara Resources Ltd 0.19 -10% $31,900,000 5.2k