Good morning everyone, and welcome to Monday, 20 November – a date on the calendar that holds a special place in the lycra-clad hearts of bicycle enthusiasts everywhere.

For it was on this day in 1866 that a French fella by the name of Pierre Lallement filed a patent for a rotary crank bicycle, inadvertently creating the so-called “fixie” bicycle that led to an outbreak of massive thighs among the more dedicated hipsters in Melbourne and Sydney around 2008.

It’s also a special cycling date as it was exactly 36 years later in 1902 that Geo Lefevre and Henri Desgrange, tired of bicycle races that started in Paris and ended up in another country altogether, came up with the revolutionary idea to hold a race that started and finished in France.

And thus, the Tour de France was born.

Sales of Lallement’s rotary crank bicycles boomed, followed shortly thereafter by a flurry of scientific activity that led directly to the development of anabolic steroids, and the enduringly popular “shameful sporting apology” that is still in use by professional athletes to this day.

Fun fact: The colour of the famous “Yellow Jersey” worn by the leader of the event at the end of each stage of the Tour was originally inspired by the luminous shade of the urine samples provided by competitors in the earliest years of the race.

Of course, with no possible way of testing the samples for performance enhancing drugs that wouldn’t exist for at least another 30 years, there was no actual need for riders to provide urine samples – race organiser Henri Desgrange “liked to have the piss jars around, just to look at and maybe to smell sometimes”, according to his friends and family members.

Described by Dutch philosopher Clog Knuckledrag as “the worst thing to happen to humanity since the Eurovision Song Contest”, the Tour de France turned out to be wildly popular among spectators, but caused considerable geopolitical friction throughout the region.

A strict limit on the number of entries per country was imposed in the early 1940s, after German Chancellor Adolf Hitler – an avid cycling enthusiast whose passion for the sport knew no bounds – sent more than 3,000,000 German competitors to Paris in 1940 to take part in the race.

France promptly surrendered, and the rest is (literally) history.

Speaking of surrenders, you know who just. won’t. quit. when it comes to their passion and dedication to their craft, and their audience?

That’s right – it’s the team here at Stockhead, who have been beavering away all weekend to bring you some truly gripping yarns to sink your teeth into before the market opens today.

That includes Eddy Sunarto’s brilliant effort to blame Sir Isaac Newton for the stock exchange, and Stockhead’s very own ambulatory dairy product Christian “Chedward” Edwards’ dusting off of his high school economics textbook to explain just how battle-scarred Aussie debt-lovers have become in the past 12 months.

Plus, as always, here’s all the fiddly data and digits to get you up to speed this morning as well.



Gold: US$1,980.39 (-0.04%)

Silver: US$23.72 (-0.01%)

Nickel (3mth): US$16,776.14/t (-1.06%)

Copper (3mth): US$8,168.05/t (+0.57%)

Oil (WTI): US$75.89 (+4.10%)

Oil (Brent): US$80.52 (+3.11%)

Iron 62pc Fe: US$132.50/t (-0.38%)

AUD/USD: 0.6510 (+0.61%)

Bitcoin: US$36,533 (-0.07%)



Everyone seemed keen for a recap of the week we just had – here’s a link to the wrap-up of last week that was otherwise inexplicably popular.




Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks:

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Code Company Price % Volume Market Cap
KNM Kneomedia Limited 0.003 50% 2,794,383 $3,009,571
ID8 Identitii Limited 0.027 42% 1,480,600 $8,117,522
MGT Magnetite Mines 0.47 36% 361,591 $26,483,942
CXU Cauldron Energy Ltd 0.016 33% 14,242,713 $13,585,961
M4M Macro Metals Limited 0.004 33% 9,206,769 $5,961,233
PNX PNX Metals Limited 0.004 33% 2,100,000 $16,141,874
MRR Minrex Resources Ltd 0.021 31% 52,655,002 $17,357,880
CZN Corazon Ltd 0.023 28% 2,565,485 $11,080,762
OMX Orangeminerals 0.046 28% 291,600 $1,822,506
LVH Livehire Limited 0.051 28% 408,347 $14,645,729
GTG Genetic Technologies 0.0025 25% 2,525,236 $23,083,316
NES Nelson Resources. 0.005 25% 3,665,329 $2,454,377
AZL Arizona Lithium Ltd 0.046 24% 68,203,343 $122,795,083
CMP Compumedics Limited 0.195 22% 39,900 $28,346,072
14D 1414 Degrees Limited 0.054 20% 185,439 $10,717,583
BMM Balkanminingandmin 0.18 20% 90,342 $10,321,076
AUH Austchina Holdings 0.003 20% 31,666 $5,194,709
CCO The Calmer Co Int 0.006 20% 650,058 $4,085,596
RLC Reedy Lagoon Corp. 0.006 20% 1,697,966 $3,083,418
RMI Resource Mining Corp 0.038 19% 168,815 $17,995,130
TRT Todd River Res Ltd 0.0095 19% 11,619,770 $7,502,780
RON Roninresourcesltd 0.225 18% 37,683 $6,497,638
ACW Actinogen Medical 0.026 18% 2,492,277 $49,589,322
RHT Resonance Health 0.06 18% 76,000 $23,811,539
ACP Audalia Res Ltd 0.014 17% 300,001 $8,305,634
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Friday’s Small Caps highlights were:

The Stockhead collective Spidey-sense was left tingling on Friday regarding the absolutely flying share price of the Aussie regtech play Identitii (ASX:ID8), which – while not exactly in crisis – has no idea who or why or how it surged so nicely late on Friday in the arvo.

The ASX speeding cops issued (at 3.35pm) a price query… A quick peek under the hood showed there wasn’t much official happening in the life of ID8, but a bunch of well-directed hack attacks (which we’ve been watching of late) could quickly change all that for this security software provider.

Also on Friday, we enjoyed the adventures of Aussie edu-SaaS play, KNeoMedia (ASX:KNM) which booked a +50% rocket early in the day.

KNM says it’s in receipt of a second tranche of cash, paid out by the New York Department of Education, which is deploying KNM’s ‘Connect All Kids’ education initiative. The $700k from New York is part 2 of a 3-part series.

KNeoMedia says that it is in talks with the New York DOE around expanding its current offering, both through growing existing usage of the company’s tech and through the development of other complementary products, and as such it anticipates further payments from the US in due course.

Tasfoods (ASX:TFL)  meanwhile, has received ACCC approval to sell its Betta Milk and Meander Valley Dairy businesses to Bega Cheese (ASX:BGA), for a cool $11 million.

It’s a sweet deal for both sides – Tasfoods pockets the cash, Bega gets the businesses as well as a perpetual, royalty free licence to use the Pyengana Dairy brand for milk and cream products in Australia.

Now with the offiicial ACCC nod, TFL  expects all the paperwork and glad-handing to be done by the end of the calendar year.

Among the diggers, MinRex Resources (ASX:MRR) surged +33% moments from the close of trade, because it’s on the hunt up near Global Lithium Resources’ (ASX:GL1) renowned spod-bearing-pegmatite-swarming Archer deposit.

Rising like the price of magnetite in late trade, Magnetite Mines (ASX:MGT) on Wednesday signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pacific Partnerships, which is a subsidiary of the giant CIMIC Group. MGT says the MoU is to support the development, and – potentially – financing of the Razorback Iron Ore Project, and to establish a foundation for Early Contractor Involvement

“The MoU contemplates a consortium-based approach to the development of green iron hubs in the Upper Spencer Gulf in line with emerging South Australian  Government strategy,” the company added.

Finally, up circa 15% after lunch Friday, another local Conspiring-in-Canada lithium stock – Battery Age Minerals (ASX:BM8) – says it’s been green lit by Ontario’s Ministry of Mines to continue Phase 2 exploration drilling across the entire 5km prospective corridor at its Falcon Lake lithium project.

Earlier drilling in said spot returned an intercept of 19.1m at 1.34% Li2O – and there’s more than 30 new targets identified through its summer field work program.



Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks:

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Code Company Price % Volume Market Cap
CHK Cohiba Min Ltd 0.002 -33% 16,000 $6,639,733
GMR Golden Rim Resources 0.013 -28% 1,798,289 $10,648,591
BEX Bikeexchange Ltd 0.006 -25% 3,710,921 $11,461,038
GBZ GBM Rsources Ltd 0.012 -25% 4,481,448 $9,925,149
MCT Metalicity Limited 0.0015 -25% 1,000,000 $8,502,172
8VI 8Vi Holdings Limited 0.06 -25% 16,945 $3,352,914
NAG Nagambie Resources 0.029 -22% 1,008,300 $21,523,874
ASV Assetvisonco 0.008 -20% 3,690,000 $7,208,366
MIO Macarthur Minerals 0.125 -19% 100,000 $25,738,291
MXC Mgc Pharmaceuticals 0.94 -19% 67,707 $41,099,370
EVZ EVZ Limited 0.13 -19% 116,382 $19,374,707
OZM Ozaurum Resources 0.165 -18% 8,877,833 $31,750,000
FHS Freehill Mining Ltd. 0.0025 -17% 4,230,000 $8,534,403
GSR Greenstone Resources 0.005 -17% 5,353,108 $8,192,498
LVT Livetiles Limited 0.005 -17% 42,650 $7,062,664
ME1 Melodiol Glb Health 0.0025 -17% 64,662,889 $11,547,311
RNX Renegade Exploration 0.005 -17% 80,008 $5,718,743
TNC True North Copper 0.13 -16% 1,483,302 $40,275,425
NGY Nuenergy Gas Ltd 0.021 -16% 60,000 $37,023,887
ASR Asra Minerals Ltd 0.012 -14% 4,951,044 $20,386,879
AYT Austin Metals Ltd 0.006 -14% 145,000 $7,111,123
OAU Ora Gold Limited 0.006 -14% 583,696 $39,355,173
TMR Tempus Resources Ltd 0.006 -14% 911,749 $2,400,460
VRC Volt Resources Ltd 0.006 -14% 1,020,890 $28,507,967
IMI Infinitymining 0.13 -13% 131,631 $11,678,958
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Aurora Labs (ASX:A3D) – Pending an announcement regarding a capital raising.

Bryah Resources (ASX:BYH) – Pending an announcement regarding a capital raising.

VDM Group (ASX:VMG) – Pending the outcome of an announcement relating to the outcome of a submission by the Company relating to its compliance with Listing Rules 12.1 and 12.2. Oops.

Turaco Gold (ASX:TCG) – Pending an announcement in relation to a potential material purchase.