The big end of town lacked direction this morning in the wake of a steady session on global markets, with the ASX200 trading flat.

But things were more buoyant among the small caps, where the ASX Emerging Companies Index posted a gain of ~1.75 per cent — on track for its best session since August 14.

On the COVID-19 front, NSW reported seven new cases (four in quarantine), while Victoria had 42 new cases and no deaths as Premier Daniel Andrews flagged an easing of restrictions in regional areas.

And on the ‘it looks like the world is getting dangerously hot’ front, there was sobering news from both poles starting at the north end (Arctic), where satellite imagery revealed that a 110sqkm glacier had broken off from Greenland’s ice shelf.

Down south (Antarctic), new imagery shows two huge glaciers are starting to break free from the natural barriers that hold them in.

That’s got scientists jumpy, with the survival of one glacier in particular (Thwaites) deemed crucial to prevent a material rise in ocean sea levels.

In other markets, the Aussie dollar has climbed back above US73c, while US-dollar gold is well supported above $US1,963 an ounce.

 

WINNERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Tuesday September 15:

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CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE CHANGE MARKET CAP
JPR Jupiter Energy 0.062 195% $ 3,220,931.55
RCP Redbank Copper Ltd 0.051 164% $ 7,749,541.25
NGY Nuenergy Gas Ltd 0.014 56% $ 13,328,599.47
KEY KEY Petroleum 0.0045 50% $ 7,871,712.50
JXT Jaxstaltd 0.15 50% $ 16,042,971.30
EFE Eastern Iron 0.011 38% $ 3,789,483.47
EGR Ecograf Limited 0.17 36% $ 45,498,346.00
KGL KGL Resources Ltd 0.23 35% $ 57,077,163.57
BAS Bass Oil Ltd 0.002 33% $ 6,684,280.19
ARO Astro Resources NL 0.0065 30% $ 7,314,559.56
ICI Icandy Interactive 0.031 29% $ 8,825,410.75
RNO Rhinomed Ltd 0.098 29% $ 19,289,494.03
88E 88 Energy Ltd 0.0075 25% $ 53,613,828.29
GLA Gladiator Resources 0.005 25% $ 9,311,336.68
SAN Sagalio Energy Ltd 0.005 25% $ 818,640.52
PAB Patrys Limited 0.017 21% $ 20,021,696.13
SCI Silver City Minerals 0.017 21% $ 6,803,443.54
RNX Renegade Exploration 0.006 20% $ 4,275,759.83
CGS Cogstate Ltd 0.73 20% $ 103,652,215.04
BLU Blue Energy Limited 0.063 19% $ 70,430,773.19
WMX Wiluna Mining Corp 2.1 19% $ 177,832,020.36
AZI Alta Zinc Ltd 0.007 17% $ 21,664,195.06

 

Energy and resources led the way, as Jupiter Energy (ASX:JPR) and Redbank Copper (ASX:RCP) both led out from the opening bell and held their gains into midday trade.

Jupiter, which rose from <1c to 34c in April for no apparent reason (then fell almost as fast), tripled to 7.4c today on the back of an operations update.

The company said wells at its Akkar East oilfield in Kazakhstan had returned to production, now the company has obtained the relevant regulatory approvals.

Redbank ripped higher after rejoining the ASX boards with a revised capital structure, after being in voluntary suspension since August last year.

 

LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Tuesday September 15:

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CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE CHANGE MARKET CAP
CCE Carnegie Cln Energy 0.001 -50% $ 22,282,904.90
WRM White Rock Min Ltd 0.58 -35% $ 64,662,331.45
ANW Aus Tin Mining 0.001 -33% $ 4,827,994.43
ECT Env Clean Tech Ltd. 0.001 -33% $ 14,401,549.18
PCL Pancontinental Oil 0.001 -33% $ 8,110,073.23
PUR Pursuit Minerals 0.0165 -28% $ 9,492,889.27
BSM Bass Metals Ltd 0.003 -25% $ 13,926,702.94
AAJ Aruma Resources Ltd 0.007 -22% $ 10,254,725.13
VIC Victory Mines Ltd 0.004 -20% $ 21,406,607.46
ADX ADX Energy Ltd 0.005 -17% $ 8,573,607.93
HWK Hawkstone Mng Ltd 0.0145 -15% $ 20,738,413.48
ASP Aspermont Limited 0.006 -14% $ 15,941,203.17
BXN Bioxyne Ltd 0.012 -14% $ 8,962,035.57
WCN White Cliff Min Ltd 0.012 -14% $ 6,812,398.35
NTI Neurotech Intl 0.013 -13% $ 5,828,471.34
NWF Newfield Resources 0.2 -13% $ 133,698,896.96
PSL Paterson Resources 0.0035 -13% $ 15,441,989.25
YPB YPB Group Ltd 0.0035 -13% $ 11,703,290.46
TAO TAO Commodities 0.12 -11% $ 4,237,200.05
CL8 Collaborate Corp 0.008 -11% $ 10,365,772.46
DLC Delecta Limited 0.008 -11% $ 9,077,590.85
KOR Korab Resources 0.016 -11% $ 5,984,873.66