Half a season into Australia’s version of The Masked Singer and we finally know who one of the people behind the mask is.

The Prawn (pictured above) was Scottish TV presenter Darren McMullen. Who’s that you ask? Why is this even a show? It’s a real mystery.

Today on the markets, the ASX Small Ords is up 0.27 per cent to 2,874 and the ASX 200 gained 0.44 per cent to reach 6,593. This came despite ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence retreating after last week’s surge and NAB consumer confidence remaining stagnant.

Economists at both firms, Felicity Nutall from ANZ and Alan Oster from NAB, commented that consumers and businesses remain too pessimistic about the economic outlook for the tax cuts and refunds to have the effect the government hoped for.

Going up

Workplace health solutions provider Konekt (ASX:KKT) led the charge of stocks this morning up 66 per cent after announcing a $52 million takeover offer.

Following closely behind was gold miner Estrella Resources (ASX:ESR) which announced some big gold hits and has gained 55 per cent.

Stavely Minerals (ASX:SVY), that copper explorer that hit 40 per cent copper the other week, gained another 15 per cent on more exploration results at Thursday’s Gossan.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Tuesday October 8:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
KKT Konekt Ltd 0.48 +66.38% $51.0M 1.8M
ESR Estrella Resources Ltd 0.02 +54.55% $8.6M 148.4M
AVW Avira Resources Ltd 0.003 +50.00% $3.0M 250.0k
NOR Norwood Systems Ltd 0.003 +50.00% $6.3M 4.0M
ALT Analytica Ltd 0.004 +33.33% $14.1M 1.3M
GBP Global Petroleum Ltd 0.03 +28.57% $5.5M 100.0k
RIM Rimfire Pacific Mining NL 0.005 +25.00% $6.8M 15.3M
TSC Twenty Seven Co Ltd 0.005 +25.00% $6.1M 200.0k
BLU Blue Energy Ltd 0.04 +20.27% $57.1M 1.7M
CV1 CV Check Ltd 0.15 +20.00% $43.8M 1.4M
AAJ Aruma Resources Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $3.9M 507.0k
AVE Avecho Biotechnology Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $9.5M 9.7M
AZI Alta Zinc Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $11.0M 1.5M
CLZ Classic Minerals Ltd 0.0035 +16.67% $17.1M 2.7M
PWN Parkway Minerals NL 0.007 +16.67% $8.5M 2.3M
SVY Stavely Minerals Ltd 1.27 +15.38% $234.6M 9.6M
AQC Australian Pacific Coal Ltd 0.16 +14.81% $7.8M 7.7k
KGM KalNorth Gold Mines Ltd 0.008 +14.29% $7.2M 6.5k
NES Nelson Resources Ltd 0.07 +13.85% $3.4M 10.5k
EQE Equus Mining Ltd 0.02 +13.33% $18.4M 8.2M
PGR PAS Group Ltd/The 0.13 +13.04% $17.8M 76.6k
OSX Osteopore Ltd 1.15 +12.75% $110.8M 1.1M

Going down

Base metals explorer Heron Resources (ASX: HRR) exited a 7 week suspension with a $91 million funding package for its project – but it came at a hefty discount. Shares nearly halved in morning trade.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Tuesday October 8:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
CAD Caeneus Minerals Ltd 0.001 -50.00% $2.1M 50.0k
HRR Heron Resources Ltd 0.19 -46.38% $47.1M 1.3M
PNN PepinNini Lithium Ltd 0.002 -33.33% $2.5M 100.0k
APG Austpac Resources NL 0.002 -33.33% $5.8M 1.0M
TMX Terrain Minerals Ltd 0.003 -25.00% $2.1M 4.8k
KEY Key Petroleum Ltd 0.007 -22.22% $11.8M 4.6M
RSH Respiri Ltd 0.06 -17.72% $38.6M 1.1M
MGT Magnetite Mines Ltd 0.0025 -16.67% $4.0M 240.0k
GLV Global Vanadium Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $7.8M 7.5M
EVE EVE Investments Ltd 0.0025 -16.67% $12.8M 18.9M
BAS Bass Oil Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $7.3M 2.2M
SUD Suda Pharmaceuticals Ltd 0.003 -14.29% $10.7M 1.8M
POW Protean Energy Ltd 0.006 -14.29% $1.9M 221
SDX Sienna Cancer Diagnostics Ltd 0.04 -14.29% $12.1M 500.0k
TNR Torian Resources Ltd 0.013 -13.33% $4.1M 93.0k
KIS King Island Scheelite Ltd 0.07 -11.39% $18.5M 65.0k
PSA Petsec Energy Ltd 0.05 -11.32% $18.7M 119.6k
NWF Newfield Resources Ltd 0.16 -11.11% $93.0M 60.0k
SMX Security Matters Ltd 0.29 -10.77% $33.5M 92.3k
PIO Pioneer Resources Ltd 0.02 -10.53% $25.6M 10.2M