Local markets remain buoyant, with the ASX200 on track to make it three wins in three days this week.

It’s even better news at the small end of town, where the ASX Emerging Companies index is looking to book its 11th winning session in the past 12 days — during which time it’s climbed by over 11 per cent.

Global markets were flat overnight, but despite the ongoing rise in international COVID-19 cases stocks remain buffered by November tailwinds — Joe Biden’s presidential win and two positive vaccine results.

Research towards the second of those, from US pharma giant Moderna, was partially funded by a $1m donation from pop legend Dolly Parton.

In what may be Parton’s biggest hit since Jolene, Moderna’s trial results showed the vaccine had a 94.5 per cent effective protection rate, and the company is applying to manufacture 1 billion units by the end of 2021.

WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Wednesday November 18:

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CODE NAME PRICE % CHANGE MARKET CAP
CMD Cassius Mining Ltd 0.042 250 $ 3,446,956.68
NRX Noronex Limited 0.115 156 $ 5,393,315.25
COY Coppermoly Limited 0.015 50 $ 21,272,139.89
ANL Amani Gold Ltd 0.002 33 $ 14,080,495.12
UUV UUV Aquabotix Ltd 0.002 33 $ 3,582,562.22
ARO Astro Resources NL 0.005 25 $ 11,623,907.14
KEY KEY Petroleum 0.005 25 $ 7,871,712.50
VAL Valor Resources Ltd 0.005 25 $ 7,683,392.34
EQX Equatorial Res Ltd 0.395 23 $ 39,822,512.96
ATS Australis Oil & Gas 0.051 21 $ 41,410,474.48
MBK Metal Bank Ltd 0.012 20 $ 11,845,083.04
WNB Wellness and Beauty 0.006 20 $ 6,740,901.44
CFO Cfoam Limited 0.025 19 $ 6,169,046.44
8VI 8Vi Holdings Limited 1.45 17 $ 54,584,257.35
ONE Oneview Healthcare 0.055 17 $ 8,198,113.84
OAR Oakdale Resource Ltd 0.021 17 $ 29,143,122.21
POW Protean Energy Ltd 0.014 17 $ 4,295,631.74
RXM Rex Minerals Limited 0.145 16 $ 47,029,698.25
EMP Emperor Energy Ltd 0.03 15 $ 3,202,837.27

Junior resources explorers led the way in morning trade, and leading the pack was Africa-focused gold explorer Cassius Mining (ASX:CMD) which rose to 4.2c — a gain of 250 per cent.

CMD had no market-moving news of note, but the stock went into a trading halt at 10:54am AEDT pending a “further announcement”.

Also climbing strongly was Equatorial Resources (ASX:EQX) on the back of some staff movements.

EQX announced that current director (and former Wallabies player) John Welborn has been promoted to managing director and CEO.

And Ireland-based medtech stock Oneview Healthcare (ASX:ONE) got on the winner’s list after announcing commitments for an $8.75m capital raise to accelerate the development of its cloud-based patient management software.

LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Wednesday November 18:

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CODE NAME PRICE %CHANGE MARKET CAP
CLZ Classic Min Ltd 0.001 -50 $ 26,678,279.47
AAP Australian Agri Ltd 0.026 -26 $ 10,665,086.88
BSM Bass Metals Ltd 0.003 -25 $ 15,974,702.94
ALT Analytica Limited 0.002 -20 $ 8,799,030.83
RFN Reffind Limited 0.002 -20 $ 3,658,146.55
XTC Xantippe Res Ltd 0.002 -20 $ 10,186,411.01
TRM Truscott Mining Corp 0.02 -17 $ 3,070,597.06
GLV Global Oil & Gas 0.011 -15 $ 8,497,118.86
CZL Cons Zinc Ltd 0.003 -14 $ 11,097,363.84
FNT Frontier Resources 0.012 -14 $ 6,847,427.13
TSC Twenty Seven Co. Ltd 0.006 -14 $ 12,655,307.64
WEL Winchester Energy 0.024 -14 $ 19,317,187.34
BXN Bioxyne Ltd 0.013 -13 $ 9,602,180.97
BDG Black Dragon Gold 0.087 -12 $ 13,301,007.59
ZMI Zinc of Ireland NL 0.045 -12 $ 6,198,274.34
SHK Stone Resources Aus 0.071 -11 $ 66,884,296.64
ENV Enova Mining Limited 0.024 -11 $ 9,143,788.79
ENA Ensurance Ltd 0.016 -11 $ 10,277,212.18
AV1 Adveritas Ltd 0.125 -11 $ 49,462,430.64
BIQ Buildingiq, Inc 0.009 -10 $ 10,449,607.82