UK connoisseurs of our favourite fast food fried chicken may note the absence of any ‘finger licking’ in their advertisements from now on.

KFC’s latest series of ads have fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic that is sweeping across the world after one particular ad drew the ire of viewers.

Hundreds of people contacted UK advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority, saying the ad was “irresponsible” as it encouraged behaviour that could increase the spread of the virus.

ASX SMALL CAP WINNERS

Oliver’s Real Food (ASX:OLI) +36.9%

Shares in Oliver’s have been trending up this week since British retail franchisee EG Group made a 10c-per-share offer — a nearly 54 per cent premium over its last traded pre-offer share price.

The offer values the healthy fast food retailer, which recently reversed two years of disappointing financial results, at about $25m.

Oliver’s board has said that engaging further with EG is in the best interests of shareholders.

Zenith Energy (ASX:ZEN) +37.4%

Remote power operator Zenith is also looking to close the week on a positive note after receiving a $150m takeover proposal from leveraged buyout private equity firm Pacific Equity Partners (PEP).

Zenith, which has a unique battery-free hybrid solar-diesel system, was described by PEP as having a high quality portfolio of power generation assets.

At $1.01 per share, the offer is a 45 per cent premium to Zenith’s last closing price before the offer was made.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for March 6 – March 13 [intraday]:

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CODE NAME RETURN % PRICE THIS FRIDAY [INTRADAY] MARKET CAP
MAR MALACHITE RESOURCES LTD 100 0.002 2.78M
ARO ASTRO RESOURCES NL 50 0.003 6.36M
ZEN ZENITH ENERGY LTD/AU 37.41 0.95 142.66M
OLI OLIVER'S REAL FOOD LTD 36.92 0.09 22.32M
BBOZ BETASHARES AUS EQ STR BR HDG 35.69 14.75 265.50M
IDZ INDOOR SKYDIVING AUSTRALIA G 33.33 0.008 2.69M
DVL DORSAVI LTD 30.77 0.017 3.93M
SUP SUPERIOR LAKE RESOURCES LTD 28.57 0.009 9.74M
GME GME RESOURCES LTD 27.66 0.06 30.37M
IEC INTRA ENERGY CORP LTD 25 0.005 1.94M
ERL EMPIRE RESOURCES LTD 25 0.01 7.75M
AMT ALLEGRA ORTHOPAEDICS LTD 23.81 0.13 12.94M
BOC BOUGAINVILLE COPPER LTD 20.51 0.23 94.25M
COS COSOL LTD 19.3 0.34 43.35M
AUQ ALARA RESOURCES LTD 16.67 0.014 8.81M
NME NEX METALS EXPLORATION LTD 15.38 0.015 2.89M
TZL TZ LTD 14.29 0.08 7.34M

ASX SMALL CAP LOSERS

Resapp Health (ASX:RAP) -46%

Resapp shares tumbled this week with the US Food and Drug Administration advising that the De Novo classification for its ResAppDx-US smartphone-based acute respiratory disease diagnostic test has not been approved.

To top it off, French multinational pharma giant Sanofi has not exercised its option to enter into exclusive negotiations for a pilot phase of its direct-to-consumer product being developed under the Startup Creasphere program.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for March 6 – March 13 [intraday]:

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CODE NAME RETURN % PRICE THIS FRIDAY [INTRADAY] MARKET CAP
OML OOH!MEDIA LTD -34 1.59 384.18M
PGL PROSPA GROUP LTD -34 1.08 174.26M
ARQ ARQ GROUP LTD -34 0.09 10.50M
EEG EMPIRE ENERGY GROUP LTD -34 0.19 51.34M
MRL MAYUR RESOURCES LTD-CDI -34 0.25 44.25M
WZR WISR LTD -34 0.09 88.81M
NVA NOVA MINERALS LTD -35 0.03 32.81M
BLY BOART LONGYEAR LTD -35 0.6 52.65M
ABR AMERICAN PACIFIC BORATES LTD -35 0.26 62.60M
KPO KALINA POWER LTD -35 0.02 18.02M
REE RAREX LTD -35 0.02 6.24M
WLD WELLARD LTD -35 0.04 21.25M
BYE BYRON ENERGY LTD -36 0.18 145.96M
SE1 SENSERA LTD -43 0.008 2.90M
ICI ICANDY INTERACTIVE LTD -36 0.02 6.08M
GSW GETSWIFT LTD -36 0.3 56.56M
NVO NVOI LTD -36 0.01 10.48M
RED RED 5 LTD -36 0.21 261.47M
KGL KGL RESOURCES LTD -37 0.14 45.21M
CBE COBRE LTD -38 0.15 14.52M
HCT HOLISTA COLLTECH LTD -38 0.1 26.90M
IPB IPB PETROLEUM LTD -38 0.01 3.46M
LSR LODESTAR MINERALS LTD -38 0.005 4.26M
TMK TAMASKA OIL & GAS LTD -38 0.005 4.45M
MBK METAL BANK LTD -38 0.005 4.41M
XCD XCD ENERGY LTD -38 0.005 3.50M
GID GI DYNAMICS INC-CDI -38 0.005 9.13M
BRK BROOKSIDE ENERGY LTD -38 0.005 5.04M
MRQ MRG METALS LTD -38 0.005 5.29M
PPL PUREPROFILE LTD -38 0.005 600.30k
SMI SANTANA MINERALS LTD -50 0.002 6.71M
FAR FAR LTD -38 0.02 159.66M
MNW MINT PAYMENTS LTD -43 0.008 7.28M
SZL SEZZLE INC-CDI -39 0.95 188.96M
ATU ATRUM COAL LTD -40 0.16 76.51M
MEI METEORIC RESOURCES NL -40 0.008 10.10M
KAU KAISER REEF LTD -40 0.19 6.19M
COG CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS GROU -40 0.05 78.59M
OPY OPENPAY GROUP LTD -41 0.58 54.40M
ACU ACUMENTIS GROUP LTD -41 0.08 12.45M
MAG MAGMATIC RESOURCES LTD -41 0.16 27.55M
ALG ARDENT LEISURE GROUP LTD -42 0.39 187.09M
EHL EMECO HOLDINGS LTD -42 0.93 342.75M
OEL OTTO ENERGY LTD -43 0.012 29.53M
TPO TIAN POH RESOURCES LTD -44 0.05 19.33M
RAP RESAPP HEALTH LTD -46 0.09 66.07M
POD PODIUM MINERALS LTD -48 0.02 2.76M
KAR KAROON ENERGY LTD -50 0.4 218.43M
SIH SIHAYO GOLD LTD -50 0.01 16.78M
ESH ESPORTS MOGUL LTD -50 0.003 6.11M
IP1 INTEGRATED PAYMENT TECHNOLOG -50 0.003 926.52k
IQ3 IQ3CORP LTD -50 0.1 10.39M
VRC VOLT RESOURCES LTD -50 0.005 8.69M
TPD TALON PETROLEUM LTD -50 0.001 1.78M
CZL CONSOLIDATED ZINC LTD -57 0.003 5.18M
ABL ABILENE OIL AND GAS LTD -67 0.001 397.61k