By close of business yesterday, things were getting pretty ugly on the local market. The ASX200 slumped sharply again to cap a three-day fall of almost seven per cent, with sharper falls on the Small Ords Index.

And it didn’t look much better in the US overnight, as the S&P500 initially fell more than two per cent on second-wave COVID-19 fears…before closing 0.83 per cent higher.

The catalyst for that significant turnaround was an afternoon announcement from the US central bank. Along with its treasury purchase program, the Fed said it will now start buying up a broad portfolio of US corporate debt “to support market liquidity and the availability of credit for large employers”.

To paraphrase Hans Gruber: “you asked for miracles, Theo? I give you the F.B.I US Federal Reserve”.

Also, did we mention we love this gif? (One more time for those in the back — we love this gif):


Anyway, the old adage “don’t bet against the Fed” rang true at the opening bell this morning, with local stocks rising strongly across the board.

At the big end of town, the ASX200 was up by around three per cent into midday trade, while the Small Ords index was almost 3.5 per cent higher.

In line with the broader risk-on sentiment, the Aussie dollar bounced off recent lows to make a push back towards the US70c mark.

WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Tuesday June 16:

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CODE COMPANY PRICE % CHANGE MARKET CAP
GLA Gladiator Resources 0.002 100.00% $2.0M
RAC Race Oncology 0.48 52.38% $55.5M
ICG Inca Minerals Ltd 0.002 50.00% $4.1M
CAD Caeneus Minerals 0.003 50.00% $10.4M
RXL Rox Resources Ltd 0.034 41.67% $63.8M
ESH Esports Mogul Asia Pacific Ltd 0.005 37.50% $10.2M
BAS Bass Oil 0.002 33.33% $3.3M
MRQ MRG Metals Ltd 0.009 28.57% $11.1M
WZR WISR 0.195 25.81% $200.3M
IMS Impelus 0.005 25.00% $4.0M
OAR Oakdale Resources Ltd 0.003 25.00% $1.4M
IBG Ironbark Zinc Ltd 0.01 25.00% $9.2M
TPS Threat Protect Australia 0.056 24.44% $13.5M
BKY Berkeley Energy 0.36 24.14% $93.1M
3DP Pointerra 0.042 23.53% $25.8M
CUL Cullen Resources 0.011 22.22% $2.5M
WOA Wide Open Agriculture 0.475 21.79% $33.5M
FEL Fe Ltd 0.017 21.43% $8.3M
MHC Manhattan 0.012 20.00% $13.5M
AGE Alligator Energy Ltd 0.006 20.00% $8.6M
WRM White Rock Minerals Ltd 0.006 20.00% $14.1M
HNR Hannans Reward Ltd 0.006 20.00% $11.9M
WCN White Cliff Minerals 0.012 20.00% $5.8M

Cancer-fighting company Race Oncology (ASX:RAC) rose by more than 50 per cent in morning trade, and in the biotech space that usually means one thing; a positive clinical trial.

The company is developing a treatment for a rare bone cancer called acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and results from its Phase II clinical trial in Israel revealed the drug showed an objective clinical response in 40 per cent of patients — a significant result for a single course of treatment with patients with late-stage cancer.

Today’s rally caps off an eight-fold increase in RAC shares over the last 12 months, from six cents to 49 cents. Nick Sundich has more here.

And in what could be viewed a positive leading indicator on domestic consumption, consumer-finance platform Wisr (ASX:WZR) rose strongly after announcing monthly loan growth of $13.8m in May. After navigating a rocky period through the worst of the pandemic, Wisr said lending activity has now returned to “pre-COVID-19 origination levels”.

LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Tuesday June 16:

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CODE COMPANY PRICE % CHANGE MARKET CAP
GNE Genesis Resources 0.01 -50.00% $10.2M
CLZ Classic Minerals 0.002 -25.00% $8.2M
SBR Sabre Resources 0.002 -20.00% $1.7M
SVA Simavita 0.018 -18.18% $12.6M
AGE Alligator Energy 0.005 -16.67% $7.2M
CRO Cirralto 0.005 -16.67% $4.1M
OAR Oakdale Resources 0.003 -16.67% $1.4M
TSC Twenty Seven 0.005 -16.67% $7.4M
BOA Boadicea Resources 0.18 -16.28% $10.0M
VAR Variscan Mines 0.016 -15.79% $3.1M
MEL Metgasco 0.027 -15.63% $10.6M
WBT Weebit Nano 0.3 -15.49% $21.8M
WOA Wide Open Agriculture 0.415 -14.43% $29.3M
HMD HeraMED 0.09 -14.29% $9.4M
SYA Sayona Mining 0.006 -14.29% $14.8M
RWD Reward Minerals 0.165 -13.16% $26.8M