Along with it being a Friday (yay), Australians were greeted with a double-dose of good news this morning as Victoria’s stubbornly high rates of new COVID-19 infections are showing signs of a sustained decline.

Over the last 24 hours, new cases came in at 179 — the lowest total in the state since July 13.

And while Melburnians on lockdown were given a glimmer of hope, there was more optimism on the east coast as Sydney reported just one new case.

Over on the the ASX, there was the usual round of winners and losers as FY20 reporting season continues, but the broader market is looking relatively subdued to end the week.

The ASX200 opened higher but gave back ground into midday trade, while the Small Ords was holding in positive territory and is on track for a weekly gain of around 2.5 per cent.

That said, there were plenty of thrills and spills in small-cap land as a number of companies posted huge morning gains to end the week.



Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Friday August 21:

OBJ OBJ Ltd 0.175 1000.00% $1.3M
ARO Astro Resources NL 0.014 600.00% $2.5M
RFR Rafaella Resources 0.215 225.76% $4.8M
MRD Mount Ridley Mines Ltd 0.003 150.00% $2.7M
CXZ Connexion Media Ltd 0.029 52.63% $16.4M
SMI Santana Minerals Ltd 0.003 50.00% $4.1M
FEL Fe Ltd 0.025 31.58% $9.3M
SIS Simble Solutions 0.031 29.17% $4.8M
ICT iCollege Ltd 0.08 29.03% $32.9M
CAE Cannindah Resources Ltd 0.019 26.67% $2.9M
SHH Shree Minerals 0.01 25.00% $6.1M
ZEU Zeus Resources Ltd 0.015 25.00% $2.2M
CLZ Classic Minerals Ltd 0.003 25.00% $26.1M
APH Australian Primary Hemp 0.16 23.08% $9.1M
VLS Vita Life Sciences 0.85 20.57% $38.1M
SBR Sabre Resources Ltd 0.006 20.00% $6.3M
ANA Ansila Energy NL 0.024 20.00% $10.2M
IMS Mobile Embrace 0.006 20.00% $4.0M
RBR RBR Group 0.012 20.00% $9.1M
BUD Buddy Technologies 0.043 19.44% $93.4M
CCA ChimpChange 0.13 18.18% $31.2M
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Pharmaceutical company OBJ (ASX:OBJ) has rejoined the ASX boards with a bang, rising by more than 1,000 per cent (yes, not a typo) after commencing trade at 10am this morning for the first time since October 31, 2019.

It follows a $1.5m share placement to sophisticated investors, as OBJ — which has research labs in Perth and Switzerland — looks to leverage patents and intellectual property to grow market share in the wellness and skincare sector.

Astro Resources (ASX:ARO) also ripped higher by more than 600 per cent after releasing a company presentation, before going into a trading halt then being suspended by the ASX, pending the company’s response to a price and volume query.



Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Friday August 21:

QFY Quantify Tech 0.001 -33.33% $2.0M
BAS Bass Oil Co Ltd 0.001 -33.33% $5.0M
FRX Flexiroam Ltd 0.032 -28.89% $12.6M
VPR Volt Power Group 0.002 -20.00% $18.3M
FGO Flamingo 0.002 -20.00% $2.2M
OEX Oilex 0.002 -20.00% $8.2M
ENX Enegex NL 0.052 -17.46% $4.2M
MOQ MOQ 0.125 -16.67% $22.2M
TSC Twenty Seven 0.005 -16.67% $7.4M
OAR Oakdale Resources Ltd 0.006 -14.29% $8.6M
MRQ MRG Metals Ltd 0.006 -14.29% $7.4M
MTB Mount Burgess Mining NL 0.012 -14.29% $7.2M
E2M E2 Metals 0.215 -14.00% $28.2M
KZA Kazia Therapeutics 0.97 -13.39% $90.8M
MPR Mpower 0.02 -13.04% $3.2M
TYM Tymlez Group 0.096 -12.73% $29.4M
OGA Ocean Grown Abalone 0.115 -11.54% $26.1M
CE1 Calima Energy 0.008 -11.11% $19.5M
DGR DGR Global Ltd 0.065 -10.96% $56.0M
PEX Peel Mining Ltd 0.25 -10.71% $85.0M
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