The rest of the market is lower, dragged by Afterpay (ASX:APT), the big banks and the big miners, but small caps were staying buoyant at lunchtime.

The Small Ordinaries index was up marginally, by 1.5 points or 0.05 per cent, to 3181.5 shortly after noon on Friday.

The ASX200 was down 0.2 per cent and the ASX20 down 0.31 per cent, in contrast.

Sectors were mixed, with consumer discretionary, consumer staples, healthcare and telecoms higher and the rest were lower.

Energy was the biggest loser, down 2.16 per cent, while healthcare the biggest gainer, up 1.78 per cent.

Here’s what’s happened in ASX small caps so far:
 

WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Friday January 22:

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CODE NAME PRICE % CHANGE VOLUME MARKET CAP
RDF Redflex Holdings 86.5 116.25 781645 60796224
ANW Aus Tin Mining 0.15 50 11050000 5090012.872
CLZ Classic Min Ltd 0.15 50 91361286 17034968.31
ECT Env Clean Tech Ltd. 0.15 50 2300000 9601032.786
SRY Story-I Limited 2.8 47.4 33354097 7028418.991
GTG Genetic Technologies 1.3 44.4 172536466 74355540.69
RNU Renascor Res Ltd 2.7 35 68491256 33314196.68
MRD Mount Ridley Mines 0.4 33.3 2874777 11655639.13
PNN PepinNini Minerals 62 26.5 4394082 18663131.76
HNG HGL Limited 22 25.7 371038 19023863.08
KMT Kopore Metals Ltd 2.5 25 7986476 12857778
DTS Dragontail Systems 18.5 23.3 1682104 42898269.3
KNM Kneomedia Limited 2.2 22.2 8817483 17788439.88
NCR Nucoal Resources Ltd 1.1 22.2 1000000 6917511.186
FGL Frugl Group Limited 6.1 22 3478281 8050000
MGL Magontec Limited 1.7 21.4 647733 16112947.28
PEK Peak Resources 11.5 21.1 8697794 147279317
AZI Alta Zinc Ltd 0.6 20 2065402 18053495.88
MSG Mcs Services Limited 5.8 18.4 560543 9127453.293
ODA Orcoda Limited 20 17.6 62708 22382800.44
YPB YPB Group Ltd 0.35 16.7 4633335 12685076.94

Redflex Holdings (ASX:RDF) has been the biggest winner, soaring 116 per cent to 87c after the traffic camera manufacturer received a 92c per share takeover offer from Verra Mobility (NDQ:VRRM).

Story-I (ASX:SRY) was up 47.4 per cent to 2.8c after the Indonesian Apple reseller reported strong second-quarter iPhone sales.

Genetic Technologies (ASX:GTG) rose 39 per cent to $1.25 after the cancer testing company announced a $US6.6 million ($8.5 million) capital raising.

HGL (ASX:HNG) was up 25.7 per cent to 22c after announcing it had reached an agreement to acquire Supervised Investments Australia, a fund manager, for 3 million HGL shares.
 

LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Friday January 22:

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CODE NAME PRICE % CHANGE VOLUME MARKET CAP
ECT Env Clean Tech 0.001 -33 906498 $ 14,401,549.18
AVW Avira Resources 0.055 -31 49629812 $ 11,000,320.00
CIO Connected Io 0.012 -25 3840981 $ 3,967,104.46
HMX Hammer Metals 0.069 -24 39235959 $ 68,166,898.07
WCN White Cliff Minerals 0.029 -22 15181462 $ 19,133,989.41
VUL Vulcan Energy 7.62 -21 2835923 $ 825,883,380.50
DCX Discovex Resources 0.008 -20 25153626 $ 11,961,640.76
MLS Metals Australia 0.002 -20 4010621 $ 10,477,258.94
TPD Talon Petroleum 0.004 -20 4327023 $ 21,758,947.63
GLV Global Oil & Gas 0.015 -17 9857374 $ 11,765,246.51
KNM Kneomedia 0.017 -15 6680009 $ 19,764,933.20
LSH Lifespot Health 0.12 -14 569639 $ 23,585,373.98
MRD Mount Ridley Mines 0.003 -14 1687000 $ 13,598,245.65
REE Rarex 0.12 -14 12859218 $ 57,210,048.56
TSC Twenty Seven Co. 0.006 -14 1928000 $ 14,884,246.16
SOR Strategic Elements 0.7 -14 32487435 $ 350,001,399.18
ENV Enova Mining 0.052 -13 735279 $ 20,319,530.64
CMD Cassius Mining 0.02 -13 27362 $ 6,606,666.97
GEV Global Ene Ven 0.087 -13 1101962 $ 38,697,822.30
ODM Odin Metals 0.027 -13 875038 $ 8,051,299.39
SYA Sayona Mining 0.041 -13 75431669 $ 167,975,032.47