The emergence of a new highly infectious COVID-19 strain in the UK has put global markets on edge.

European shares had their worst session in two months and Wall Street swung wildly between gains and losses.

Scientists reckon vaccines should still be effective against the new strain, Morningstar says. Britain has already rolled out the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, while the European Medicines Agency approved the vaccine on Monday. A European Commission nod is expected later in the day for a European roll-out.

Meanwhile Australia (well, the eastern lands) has problems of its own as NSW’s northern beaches cluster grows to 90 infections.

It’s no surprise a Guardian word poll shows people thought 2020 was, “well … very, very bad”.

Word of the year poll: Guardian readers describe 2020 as ‘shit’ from r/nottheonion

The word for 2021 – “better” – is slightly more positive.

 

WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Tuesday December 22:

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
LER Leaf Res Ltd 0.044 97 24383785 $ 18,959,275.22
BAS Bass Oil Ltd 0.0015 50 749000 $ 3,342,140.10
UUV UUV Aquabotix Ltd 0.0015 50 18691464 $ 2,388,374.81
PNN PepinNini Minerals 0.215 43 3214199 $ 4,958,178.00
TGO Growthops Ltd 0.061 36 196197 $ 6,837,515.91
OEX Oilex Ltd 0.002 33 300000 $ 6,243,195.00
CUL Cullen Resources 0.023 28 424210 $ 5,398,517.83
FRX Flexiroam Limited 0.024 26 15014696 $ 9,512,293.57
YRL Yandal Resources 0.465 26 450789 $ 34,369,500.17
AOA Ausmon Resorces 0.005 25 798000 $ 2,722,637.37
CZN Corazon Ltd 0.0025 25 1821683 $ 6,506,718.29
VRC Volt Resources Ltd 0.01 25 9496197 $ 17,302,624.81
DTR Dateline Resources 0.003 20 390000 $ 20,525,195.19
AC8 Auscann Grp Hlgs Ltd 0.195 18 1853546 $ 52,312,813.91
BUG Buderim Group Ltd 0.21 17 1069200 $ 22,107,732.84
AAJ Aruma Resources Ltd 0.007 17 140000 $ 9,536,483.42
LNY Laneway Res Ltd 0.007 17 1100000 $ 22,650,395.60
MRD Mount Ridley Mines 0.0035 17 1758415 $ 10,305,639.13
MSR Manas Res Ltd 0.007 17 2367156 $ 16,561,641.59
GME GME Resources Ltd 0.058 16 125002 $ 27,843,346.50

Leaf Resources (ASX:LEF) has re-entered the ASX following a recapitalisation and now specialises in “sustainable pine chemicals”.

PepinNini Minerals (ASX:PNN) is looking to buy a South Australian halloysite-kaolin project next door to investor darling Andromeda Metals (ASX:ADN).

And junior explorer Yandal Resources (ASX:YRL) struck shallow, high grade gold — like 4m at 42.67g/t (within 8m at 27.76g/t) — at the Sims Find and Flinders Park prospects in WA.

 

LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Tuesday December 22:

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
ANL Amani Gold Ltd 0.001 -33 474000 $ 14,080,495.12
KP2 Kore Potash PLC 0.014 -30 1788178 $ 4,659,889.44
CLZ Classic Min Ltd 0.0015 -25 65146989 $ 30,536,536.61
ROG Red Sky Energy. 0.0015 -25 173333 $ 4,092,366.55
LSR Lodestar Minerals 0.013 -24 3257797 $ 14,497,633.90
NTI Neurotech Intl 0.033 -15 6158918 $ 19,944,575.59
RLC Reedy Lagoon Corp. 0.017 -15 8463356 $ 9,394,675.68
HMY Harmoney Corp Ltd 2.15 -14 60960 $ 253,290,937.24
SPQ Superior Resources 0.012 -13 866916 $ 17,863,561.23
THR Thor Mining PLC 0.012 -13 3143023 $ 6,019,431.00
HVM Happy Valley 0.135 -13 47490 $ 26,586,078.49
88E 88 Energy Ltd 0.007 -13 5002207 $ 84,818,437.73
IEC Intra Energy Corp 0.007 -13 111252 $ 3,101,792.24
KEY KEY Petroleum 0.0035 -13 570000 $ 7,871,712.50
BKY Berkeley Energia Ltd 0.65 -12 56396 $ 191,368,010.80
DDD 3D Resources Limited 0.004 -11 163572 $ 16,269,174.41
DDT DataDot Technology 0.008 -11 1752521 $ 11,176,825.19
GGE Grand Gulf Energy 0.008 -11 12500 $ 3,453,745.30
DRX Diatreme Resources 0.017 -11 874920 $ 48,886,176.27