• Post-Easter burst of zeal sees the ASX 200 up 1.3% at close
  • Materials (+2.1%) outperformed by continued lust for Goldies (+2.9%)
  • Prospech goes bonkers to +200%, before easing to “only” +155% for the day


Despite the ASX 200 April futures contract was pointing up by 0.1% early this morning, Aussie markets issued forth several barking, bilious grunts and heaved out a 1.2% jump at the sound of the starter’s gun at 10am.

Then, through a combination of hard work, sheer animal cunning and some very careful mathematics, it stayed there until the end of the day. Astonishing stuff.

I am probably being needlessly cynical and cruel – something for which I do apologise, along with the off-colour Easter jokes, too. Mea Culpa, and all that.

Anyhoo… the market was mostly very well-behaved today, with every sector putting in the effort to keep its head above water, from the lowly returns among InfoTech (+0.1%) to the heady highs of a surging Materials sector (+2.2%), everyone got to have a turn at feeling what it’s like to be a winner.



Latitude Group (ASX:LFS) has revealed that it’s received a ransom demand from a group claiming responsibility for hacking into the company and making off with private details of millions of customers, past and present.

Latitude says that it will not pay the ransom, with CEO Bob Belan harumphing in a manner most indignant that the company “Will not pay a ransom to criminals”, just like the US “Does not negotiate with terrorists” (except when it does).

“Based on the evidence and advice, there is simply no guarantee that doing so would result in any customer data being destroyed, and it would only encourage further extortion attempts on Australian and New Zealand businesses in the future,” Belan said.

So… anyone who was on the fence about getting a new set of documentation made (so that any ‘bad actors’ don’t take out any 100% plausibly deniable finance in your name), now’s probably the time to get moving on that.

The new documentation, I mean. Not the ‘taking out a bunch of shady loans and blaming “hackers” for it’ thing, because that would be stealing, and stealing is wrong.

Bad news for people who enjoy having things brought to their houses so that they don’t have to stare deep into the cold, dead eyes of supermarket cashiers – grocery and alcohol delivery service company Milkrun has collapsed.

The news pretty much only affects consumers in Sydney and Melbourne, and the 400 or so workers in those two cities that will be out of a job by the end of the week.

Milkrun was launched by Koala mattress king Dany Milhan in September 2021, slap-dab in the middle of the sixth round of Draconian Government Overreach Lockdown-a-palooza™– so of course, it did pretty well, because it meant that anyone fully committed to the idea of not catching Covid could get a cheeky box of chardonnay and a couple of litres of milk left on the doorstep, EZPZ.

But, as it turns out, Australia’s commitment to convenience-at-all-costs shopping has been overshadowed by our love of not paying up-the-arse-and-out-through-the-nose prices for bad wine and warm milk.

It’s not the end for Milkrun that Milhan had wanted, though. The company was, by all accounts, doing its best to make things work and ensure no one got left holding an unwanted baby.

Looking quickly overseas, and the world’s most-favourite search engine company Google has been handed a comically massive fine by the South Korean Fair Trade Commission, over unfair business practices in that country’s equally-comically massive mobile gaming market.

According to the complaint to regulators, Google had sought to block the release of a number of games on OneStore, an app market launched by South Korea’s three mobile carriers in 2016.

The SKFTC found that the monopoly had, indeed, stopped the local Telco cartel from being as profitable as possible, and exacted a terrible revenge by dropping a 42.1 billion won ($47.8 billion) fine in Google’s lap.



In Japan today, The Nikkei is on track to close 1.15% higher, the Hang Seng is close to flat at 0.08% and Shanghai’s down 0.37%, with the latter two still with some time left on the clock to improve.

And in crypto news, Bitcoin’s threat to break through the US$30,000 mark for the first time since June 2022 was finally made good this morning, hitting a US$30,347.89 high around 12.30pm before easing back under US$30k as the afternoon wore on.



Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks:

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Code Company Price % Volume Market Cap
PRS Prospech Limited 0.053 152% 30,959,434 $2,132,411
AR3 Austrare 0.445 78% 14,756,780 $23,800,388
CLZ Classic Min Ltd 0.0015 50% 65,569,433 $2,913,095
LRL Labyrinth Resources 0.016 45% 3,099,214 $10,554,361
4DX 4Dmedical Limited 0.78 44% 5,337,244 $159,025,592
G88 Golden Mile Res Ltd 0.028 40% 11,262,377 $5,268,645
JRV Jervois Global Ltd 0.091 30% 53,559,420 $145,548,267
MDX Mindax Limited 0.195 26% 4,198,858 $308,924,095
BPP Babylon Pump & Power 0.005 25% 62,697 $9,831,085
MCT Metalicity Limited 0.0025 25% 2,857,704 $7,009,079
RBR RBR Group Ltd 0.0025 25% 100,000 $3,196,809
RR1 Reach Resources Ltd 0.005 25% 1,507,042 $9,510,203
JPR Jupiter Energy 0.026 24% 76,845 $25,826,853
SIO Simonds Grp Ltd 0.11 22% 164,212 $32,391,581
DME Dome Gold Mines Ltd 0.18 20% 36,500 $52,982,120
ASR Asra Minerals Ltd 0.012 20% 304,377 $14,671,187
CTO Citigold Corp Ltd 0.006 20% 30,000 $14,368,295
ECT Env Clean Tech Ltd. 0.012 20% 6,623,528 $24,766,106
FAU First Au Ltd 0.006 20% 314,841 $5,473,916
HFY Hubify Ltd 0.024 20% 20,000 $9,922,726
NES Nelson Resources. 0.006 20% 80,000 $2,942,972
PCL Pancontinental Energ 0.012 20% 15,451,103 $75,542,228
RIE Riedel Resources Ltd 0.006 20% 1,475,939 $6,858,535
M24 Mamba Exploration 0.13 18% 59,965 $6,708,167
DMG Dragon Mountain Gold 0.013 18% 313 $4,341,388
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Rare Earths minnow Prospech (ASX:PRS) is the day’s hands-down winner, screaming out past the stratosphere on news that the company’s uncovered high-grade rare earth oxides and hafnium over 4km strike at its recently-acquired Jokikangas project in Finland.

This one’s a banger, with the best of the results including:

  • KA02: 0.20m @ 24,448 ppm TREO and 4,700 ppm Niobium from 74.2m
  • KA03: 0.15m @ 15,346 ppm TREO and 2,980 ppm Niobium from 9.2m
  • KA03: 0.17m @ 8,690 ppm TREO and 2,030 ppm Niobium from 57.3m

Those are the sorts of numbers that really get investors’ attention – and the market reacted accordingly, with PRS more than 200% higher at lunch time.

The action around PRS eased somewhat as the afternoon session wore on, leaving Prospech up 142.9% to $0.051.

Next highest on the ladder is Australian Rare Earths (ASX:AR3), which went zooming 83% this morning on absolutely no news, before being thrust unceremoniously into a trading halt less than an hour after the market opened.

AR3 has replied to the ASX speeding ticket with a “nothing to see here”, but gently suggested that there’s been a lot of chatter about Rare Earths in recent days, including a great piece in The Australian yesterday about AR3’s clay-based dysprosium and terbium discovery that is set to rival those in China and Myanmar, at the same time that China’s talking tough about export restrictions.

At the end of the day, Australian Rare Earths is up a nice, round 80.0%.

And a winner from last week is back in the news, with 4D Medical (ASX:4DX) adding another 45.4% to last week’s win, which was prompted by the company’s freshly-inked deal with Tampa Bay University to provide software that helps doctors look inside people for stuff.



Here are the least best performing ASX small cap stocks:

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Code Company Price % Volume Market Cap
VPR Volt Power Group 0.001 -33% 52,007 $16,074,312
NVA Nova Minerals Ltd 0.33 -29% 7,658,432 $98,063,746
WFL Wellfully Limited 0.011 -27% 2,458,583 $5,867,223
CCE Carnegie Cln Energy 0.0015 -25% 3,796,888 $31,285,147
FIJ Fiji Kava Limited 0.003 -25% 600,000 $1,600,355
LNU Linius Tech Limited 0.003 -25% 1,123,218 $12,918,985
PRM Prominence Energy 0.0015 -25% 1,247,463 $4,849,218
MRL Mayur Resources Ltd 0.16 -24% 4,030 $62,066,862
SHG Singular Health 0.069 -23% 380,146 $10,210,197
MME Moneyme Limited 0.12 -23% 1,762,442 $43,903,320
CPN Caspin Resources 0.325 -21% 677,781 $30,722,257
ERAR Energy Resources 0.028 -20% 755,489 $645,992,060
DXN DXN Limited 0.004 -20% 398,298 $8,606,574
OLL Openlearning 0.013 -19% 363,317 $4,285,905
REZ Resourc & En Grp Ltd 0.013 -19% 1,339,531 $7,996,893
LMLND Lincoln Minerals 0.009 -18% 2,050,000 $9,157,259
AEI Aeris Environmental 0.035 -17% 524,942 $10,317,071
ADC Acdc Metals Ltd 0.096 -17% 160,000 $5,375,963
GBE Globe Metals &Mining 0.061 -16% 2,203,518 $36,994,115
AGR Aguia Res Ltd 0.032 -16% 6,416,587 $16,486,462
NKL Nickelxltd 0.057 -15% 58,495 $5,344,367
NGY Nuenergy Gas Ltd 0.036 -14% 550,661 $62,200,131
KNM Kneomedia Limited 0.006 -14% 90,060 $10,533,497
TYM Tymlez Group 0.006 -14% 6,506,387 $7,645,367
YPB YPB Group Ltd 0.003 -14% 4,401,364 $2,167,371
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Two quickies, because it’s late in the day and I know you want to be getting home for dinner…

Health and Plant Protein Group (ASX:HPP) held a shareholder meeting this morning to decide on whether to sell off its macadamia business to Hawaiian Host Group, after the company indicated that it would like to go ahead and accept the latter’s offer on 23 February this year.

The results of the meeting are in line with the board’s recommendations, and shareholder approval has been granted for the sale to move ahead.

Meanwhile, Site Group International (ASX:SIT) has been handed a heavy blow by the the Full Federal Court of Australia, after the court rejected its appeal against the decision of a trial judge that its subsidiary, Productivity Partners, engaged in conduct in breach of the Australian Consumer Law in proceedings commenced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Additionally, the Federal Court also found (in a 2-1 majority decision) that Site was knowingly concerned in that conduct, albeit for “a shorter period of time” than the original trial judge found.

The action was launched by the ACCC over concerns about the education, training and labour services company, through an entity trading as Captain Cook College in Sydney and Brisbane had “over a three-month period in 2015 … improperly enrolled more than 7,000 people in online business courses, including some who were mentally disabled or illiterate”, the Courier Mail reports.

“Taxpayers picked up the tab for much of it, with the college claiming about $50m from the federal government under a tuition loan program,” the report continues.

At the time. ACCC supremo Rod Sims noted that “more than 90% of the consumers failed to complete any part of the courses and 86% never even logged on to a computer.”

Site has 28 days to seek leave to appeal the decision or the matter will proceed to a penalty hearing – which is a big ask, considering the company’s in the middle of a non-renounceable entitlement offer.



Omega Oil & Gas (ASX:OMA) – Incoming update on the Company’s Canyon-2 Permian Deep Gas drilling program.

Felix Gold (ASX:FXG) – Capital raising.

Western Mines Group (ASX:WMG) – Capital raising.

MGC Pharmaceuticals (ASX:MXC) – Capital raising.

Aurumin (ASX:AUN) – Update on a planned entitlement issue.

Galena Mining (ASX:G1A) – Operational update.

Health and Plant Protein Group (ASX:HPP) – Halt called ahead of Shareholder vote, held this morning.