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The AIM index spent all day Monday in positive territory, although sentiment did ebb away in the latter part of the session, closing just over 1 point higher at 955.51.

  • Valirx down 40%
  • Kropz plc down 24%
  • Great Western Mining up 55%
  • Advance Energy up 25%
  • Notable mention: Blue Star Capital up 10%

Great Western Mining [LON:GWMO] was the biggest gain on the day, adding 55%. There’s little news to support the move, but demand for the stock has been brisk with aggressive buying seemingly driving up the share price.

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Advance Energy [LON:ADV] also saw strong gains, adding 25%. A tweet by the business noting that even with oil at $40, its project can deliver strong returns has been picked up on – this is another minnow with a market cap of just £5m – but that’s doubled over the last six weeks.

At the other end of the board, last week’s hero ValiRx [LON:VAL] became the day’s biggest casualty, losing a chunky 40%. Investors had been bidding up the stock last week in anticipation of news over clinical trials. That was announced this morning and appeared to set a good platform for the future, but it seems the market expected more.

Kropz [LON:KRPZ] was another big faller on the day, off by 24% but despite a more than nominal market cap of £32m, the stock trades on a phenomenally wide spread. One-way traffic during the session was enough to see the share price tumble.

A notable mention for Blue Star Capital [LON:BLU], whose shares added 10% during the session. They own a slice of David Beckham’s Guild Esports, which is set to IPO on Friday. Expectations are running high that this could result in a bumper pay out for shareholders.

Please note this article does not constitute investment advice. Investors are encouraged to do their own research beforehand or consult a professional advisor.

Tony Cross

Tony Cross

Tony Cross is a market commentator with over 15 years of experience, producing compelling, insightful copy for journalists and investors alike. Focusing on macroeconomics, UK blue chip equities and inter market analysis, Cross's commentary is well regarded for its clarity and ability to cut through the waffle. He has been quoted in publications as diverse as The Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian and The Sun. He has also been a regular guest on both Share Radio and TipTV.

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