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ASX small cap winners Oct 12-19

Muscular Dystrophy researcher Antisense Therapeutics (ASX:ANP) went on a big run this week — and told the ASX it had no idea why.

The stock was up 177 per cent to 5c at week’s close. Though it traded as high as 9c — it’s highest point since February 2016.

Antisense has been focusing on Phase 2 clinical trial for a treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a muscle-wasting disease that affects boys only — putting them in wheelchairs by their teens and cutting lives short in their 20s.

Viagra mouth spray maker Suda (ASX:SUD) also had to explain to the ASX why its stock shot up on Wednesday — and believes it was caused by Twitter activity.

The shares ended up 75 per cent at 0.7c for the week.

Suda pointed to tweets by Twitter users @Vontrader and @Treasurehunter comparing the stock to to HIV-fighting phenomenon Biotron (ASX:BIT) — which has jumped as much as 2000 per cent in recent weeks.

Biotron’s share price began to rocket after it announced positive clinical trial results for its HIV treatment.

“Neither Treasurhunter or Vontrader are related parties of the company,” Suda insisted.

Biotron — a star of this column over the past few weeks — finished up 70 per cent at 29c for the week.

Not quite the $1 some punters were hoping for or even the 44.5c it touched on Tuesday. But still a very nice gain on the 2c it was fetching last month.

China-focused infant formula stock Jatenergy (ASX:JAT) has also been in recovery mode this week — and again it’s not clear why.

Jatenergy exploded last year, rocketing from 1c as high as 29c — but then fell back to earth as one of its infant formula suppliers was placed into receivership.

The shares were below 4c a week ago after they was suspended for failing to lodge an annual report. But after loding the report, they jumped back to 8.1c — a 113 per cent increase for the week.

In the September quarter JAT burned $5.5 million cash after banking $10.7 million in receipts — leaving $1.6 million in the kitty.

Planet Gas (ASX:PGS) climbed 67 per cent to 0.5c after off-loading its US business — and $US2.75 million debt owed to Macquarie Bank — to High Peak Royalties (ASX:HPR) for $1.

The sale included 3% royalties on 2000 oil-producing wells in Pennsylvania and New York state.

Planet Gas “continues to consider investment opportunities that may add shareholder value,” the company told investors.

Any acquisitions would require re-compliance with ASX listing rules.

eSense Labs (ASX:ESE) dropped back on Friday after almost tripling to 10c earlier in the week — and earning an ASX query.

But the stock finished the week up two-fold at 7c.

On Thursday eSense told investors the UK pilot deal for its lemon terpene liquid had made $US18,000 since March.

The ASX questioned when it started selling to the anonymous company after its share price surged 75 per cent.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for Oct 12-19:

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ASX codeCompanyOne-week price changePrice Oct 19Market Cap
ANPANTISENSE THERAP1.777777777780.0519.0M
PPYPAPYRUS AUSTRALI1.333333333330.0143.2M
MEMMEMPHASYS1.133333333330.03218.2M
JATJATENERGY1.131578947370.08150.1M
RRSRANGE RESOURCES10.0028.5M
NMENEX METALS EXPLO10.011.9M
LKOLAKES OIL NL10.00260.6M
ESEESENSE-LAB10.078.1M
LCTLIVING CELL TECH0.9666666666670.05923.4M
SHHSHREE MINERALS L0.8666666666670.0284.8M
TOMTOMIZONE0.750.0144.3M
SUDSUDA PHARMACEUTI0.750.00718.1M
AJJASIAN AMERICAN M0.7142857142860.1240.5M
BITBIOTRON0.7058823529410.29130.7M
S3RSERPENTINE TECHN0.6666666666670.0052.9M
PGSPLANET GAS0.6666666666670.0052.2M
FRXFLEXIROAM0.5750.06314.0M
PCLPANCONTINENTAL0.50.00313.5M
MTBMOUNT BURGESS0.50.0062.6M
MRDMOUNT RIDLEY MIN0.50.0033.8M
MOXMONAX MINING0.50.0031.8M
BPHBPH ENERGY0.50.0031.0M
AKNAUKING MINING0.50.0031.9M
SCUSTEMCELL UNITED0.4782608695650.03414.9M
NCRNUCOAL RESOURCES0.4285714285710.0215.4M
MRVMORETON RESOURCE0.4285714285710.0131.0M
SMXSECURITY MATTERS0.40.2825.4M
PWNPARKWAY MINERALS0.40.0074.2M
CDXCARDIEX0.3870967741940.04320.8M
SORSTRATEGIC ELEMEN0.3846153846150.0549.6M
PODPODIUM MINERALS0.3709677419350.0858.1M
TLXTELIX PHARMA0.3566433566430.97182.6M
PAAPHARMAUST0.3428571428570.04710.1M
PG1PEARL GLOBAL0.3333333333330.229.0M
ACLALCHEMIA0.3333333333330.0124.5M
TNYTINYBEANS GROUP0.3333333333330.327.2M

 

ASX small cap losers Oct 12-19

Retailer The Reject Shop (ASX:TRS) plunged 45 per cent this week after warning investors of a profit drop in the December half.

The discount store said it was now only expecting to make between $10 and $11 million profit after sales in the first 15 weeks fell into negative territory.

The stock finished the week at $2.46 — down from $4.47 on Tuesday.

The Reject Shop previously said it expected to report an FY19 net profit after tax that was “consistent with last year of $17.7m”.

The company blamed a deteriorating retail environment that worsened in September and October.

Meanwhile besieged uranium player Berkeley Energia (ASX:BKY) fell 45 per cent after struggling to respond to media reports that Spanish authorities would not authorise permits for its flagship Salamanca project near Madrid.

The news sent Berkeley’s share price spiralling from 47c to 28.5c this week.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for Oct 12-19:

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ASX codeCompanyOne-week price changePrice Oct 19Market Cap
TRSREJECT SHOP-0.4533333333332.4676.0M
BKYBERKELEY ENERGIA-0.4466019417480.28571.1M
CSECOPPER STRIKE-0.3548387096770.110.7M
HHMHAMPTON HILL MNG-0.3461538461540.0175.0M
TNPTRIPLE ENERGY-0.3333333333330.018870.4k
SBUSIBURAN RESOURCE-0.3333333333330.0022.1M
AHNATHENA RESOURCES-0.3333333333330.012.2M
SPBSOUTH PACIFIC RE-0.2857142857140.005827.6k
SI6SIX SIGMA METALS-0.2857142857140.0052.7M
MHJMICHAEL HILL INT-0.2857142857140.65263.5M
LHMLAND & HOMES GRO-0.280.01818.9M
OELOTTO ENERGY-0.2771084337350.06114.1M
FHSFREEHILL MINING-0.250.0187.3M
MNCMETMINCO-0.250.0033.1M
AO1ASSETOWL-0.2352941176470.0262.9M
GSNGREAT SOUTHERN M-0.2340425531910.03611.1M
ZYBZYBER HOLDINGS L-0.2307692307690.016.5M
AAPAUSTRALIAN AGRIC-0.2307692307690.023.0M
PGIPANTERRA GOLD-0.2121212121210.0262.6M
ANWAUS TIN MINING L-0.2083333333330.01941.5M
IHRINTELLIHR HOLDIN-0.2058823529410.13517.8M
GRVGREENVALE ENERGY-0.20.021.9M
TYKTYCHEAN RESOURCE-0.20.0042.3M
SERSTRATEGIC ENERGY-0.20.0043.5M
RNXRENEGADE EXPLORA-0.20.0042.9M
MSEMETALSEARCH-0.20.0084.8M
LRSLATIN RESOURCES-0.20.00414.1M
EEREAST ENERGY RESO-0.20.00412.8M
BUYBOUNTY OIL & GAS-0.20.0043.8M
AGEALLIGATOR ENERGY-0.20.0044.0M