Tennis Singles world No.1 Ash Barty knows how to switch off.  Barty had fans smiling in her post-match on-court interview after winning the semi-final of the Australian Open yesterday, saying she wouldn’t watch the second semi-final.

“It will be a hell of a match tonight. I probably won’t watch it, though,” she said smiling.

“Tyzz (her coach Craig Tyzzer) can watch that. We keep doing our thing, our routines and come out here on Saturday, enjoy it, a massive smile on my face and see what happens.”

Barty, well known for being prepared for each match,  will face American Danielle Collins  as the first local player to reach the Australian Open Women’s final in 42 years.

For investors, perhaps taking a lesson from Ash Barty’s game book and learning to switch off might be wise, this week.

At midday, the ASX looked like it was going to retreat after an early morning surge, before lifting sharply going into the afternoon session.

The S&P/ASX 200 has gained 1.24% at 12.45pm to 6922.90 after setting a new 100-day low. The mid-week Australia Day public holiday failed to dampen pressure on local equity markets, spooked by rising inflation, rate-hike uncertainty, COVID and fears of an Ukraine-Russia war.

Overnight, US recording its strongest economic growth in almost 40 years,  but Wall Street still moved into correction territory, with all three US stock markets tumbling.

The US GDP expanded at a quarterly increase of 1.7% or an annualised rate of 6.9%, the highest level since 1984.

But the positive economic news failed to calm markets. The S&P 500 fell by 0.54%, the Dow Jones by 0.02% and tech heavy Nasdaq by 1.40%. The Nasdaq index was dragged down by Tesla, plunging 11.55%.

In Crypto,  Bitcoin was trending up 0.88% at ~US$37,194 through midday trade, while Ethereum was 0.87% down at ~US$2,438.

ASX SMALL CAP WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for January 28 [intraday]:

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Code Company Price % Market Cap
ANL Amani Gold Ltd 0.002 100.0% $22,875,564
NPM Newpeak Metals 0.0015 50.0% $7,649,750
NTL New Talisman Gold 0.002 33.3% $4,690,838
IEC Intra Energy Corp 0.02 33.3% $6,838,240
AUQ Alara Resources Ltd 0.055 27.9% $30,333,457
CLE Cyclone Metals 0.005 25.0% $19,812,503
GTG Genetic Technologies 0.005 25.0% $36,935,861
YPB YPB Group Ltd 0.0025 25.0% $12,235,667
DLT Delta Drone Intl Ltd 0.023 21.1% $5,697,840
ENA Ensurance Ltd 0.24 20.0% $17,936,987
GGX Gas2Grid Limited 0.003 20.0% $10,145,255
KEY KEY Petroleum 0.003 20.0% $4,919,820
AKO Akora Resources 0.28 19.1% $12,300,712
ARR American Rare Earths 0.33 17.9% $109,923,487
ADS Adslot Ltd. 0.021 16.7% $35,676,113
ARE Argonaut Resources 0.0035 16.7% $10,818,614
PCL Pancontinental Energ 0.0035 16.7% $21,462,668
T3D 333D Limited 0.0035 16.7% $8,412,557
G50 Gold50Limited 0.25 16.3% $12,043,870
WIA WIA Gold Limited 0.073 15.9% $29,126,026
BNZ Benzmining 0.63 14.5% $28,278,744
AXP AXP Energy Ltd 0.008 14.3% $40,685,265
OEX Oilex Ltd 0.004 14.3% $24,895,330
RIM Rimfire Pacific 0.008 14.3% $12,643,713
VRX VRX Silica Ltd 0.165 13.8% $80,968,439

Intra Energy Corp (ASX:IEC) saw its share price rally after announcing Century Minerals had agreed to transfer a 70% undivided share in the Tenement to IEC after meeting several considerations.

Delta Drone (ASX:DLT) has entered into a deal with a consortium of investors led by Medigus (NASDAQ: MDGS) and facilitated by Israeli venture capital firm L.I.A Pure Capital to sell its drone safety business ParaZero Technologies for $6 million.

ASX SMALL CAP LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for January 28 [intraday]:

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Code Company Last % Market Cap
ADO Anteotech Ltd 0.23 -27.0% $621,830,283
AHI Adv Human Imag Ltd 0.485 -20.5% $99,119,078
BUD Buddy Tech 0.011 -18.5% $46,815,208
LNY Laneway Res Ltd 0.005 -16.7% $26,934,396
AOA Ausmon Resorces 0.006 -14.3% $5,615,325
AS2 Askarimetalslimited 0.33 -14.3% $11,820,060
VOR Vortiv Ltd 0.024 -14.3% $13,771,388
EVE EVE Health Group Ltd 0.0035 -12.5% $15,372,568
HRL Hrlholding 0.088 -12.0% $49,438,131
CII CI Resources Limited 0.97 -11.8% $127,139,218
BEX Bike Exchange Ltd 0.12 -11.1% $18,587,292
PX1 Plexure Group 0.4 -11.1% $159,112,071
AO1 Assetowl Limited 0.004 -11.1% $3,672,923
AQX Alice Queen Ltd 0.008 -11.1% $12,332,007
PKO Peako Limited 0.016 -11.1% $5,552,174
MHI Merchant House 0.073 -11.0% $7,729,853
BOC Bougainville Copper 0.375 -10.7% $168,446,250
JAY Jayride Group 0.17 -10.5% $33,513,009
AER Aeeris Ltd 0.13 -10.3% $10,379,659
MMC Mitremining 0.18 -10.0% $5,417,020
ZBT Zebit Inc. 0.18 -10.0% $18,927,043
SBR Sabre Resources 0.0045 -10.0% $8,639,068
TAR Taruga Minerals 0.036 -10.0% $20,482,400

AnteoTech (ASX: ADO) saw its share price sink after a receiving a request from the Therapeutics Goods Administration for further information on its EuGeni Reader and COVID-19 rapid antigen test.