ASX stocks are on track to finish the week on a down note, as Australia responds to the emergence of the latest COVID-19 crisis — this time in NSW.

As of this morning, the Northern Beaches cluster has grown to 28 and even snuck across the Queensland border, with one case detected on the Sunshine Coast.

As NSW prepares for the prospect of a COVID-19 Christmas, travel stocks got sold off as the ASX200 dipped by around 0.5 per cent into midday trade.

But those falls paled in comparison to the likes of insurers QBE and Genworth, which both tanked hard on earnings downgrades.

And Mesoblast (ASX:MSB) was again the talk of the market after reporting disappointing trial results on its stem cell COVID-19 treatment.

With NSW contract tracers having a busy Friday, other states around the country are getting twitchy. Initial travel restrictions are in play and may get tougher over the coming days.

But plenty of NSW punters weren’t waiting to find out, racing to Sydney airport for an early flight out this morning before any walls go up.

WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Friday December 18:

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Code Name Price % Change Market Cap
DM1 Desert Metals 0.495 148 $ 7,000,000.00
BIQ Buildingiq, Inc 0.018 64 $ 11,494,568.60
SVS Sunvest Corporation 0.42 50 $ 3,404,526.72
CLZ Classic Min Ltd 0.0015 50 $ 15,268,268.31
PCL Pancontinental Oil 0.0015 50 $ 5,406,715.49
DDT DataDot Technology 0.008 33 $ 7,451,216.80
DNA Donaco International 0.066 32 $ 61,769,469.10
KFE Kogi Iron Ltd 0.03 30 $ 19,424,321.70
TIG Tigers Realm Coal 0.013 26 $ 78,683,153.18
IKW Ikwezi Mining Ltd 0.005 25 $ 16,260,000.00
1AG Alterra Limited 0.062 24 $ 9,261,100.45
VR8 Vanadium Resources 0.033 22 $ 10,105,490.83
BDM Burgundy D Mines Ltd 0.18 20 $ 37,388,188.35
TSC Twenty Seven Co. Ltd 0.006 20 $ 10,598,271.07
VIC Victory Mines Ltd 0.003 20 $ 11,040,803.73
CCG Comms Group Ltd 0.11 16 $ 18,182,264.61
KTE K2 Energy Ltd 0.023 15 $ 6,013,143.02
GTG Genetic Technologies 0.008 14 $ 57,832,087.20
GLN Galan Lithium Ltd 0.34 13 $ 62,371,431.60
KNO Knosys Limited 0.17 13 $ 22,325,336.40
RGS Regeneus Ltd 0.135 13 $ 36,034,125.72

While the broader market was more subdued, the IPO party is still in full swing as WA explorer Desert Metals (ASX:DM1) joined the boards and promptly ripped higher by more than 100 per cent.

Also on the winner’s list was hospitality company Donaco International (ASX:DNA), which jumped after announcing a positive earnings result for October and November.

The company said it generated EBITDA of $US540,000 and $US800,000 for the two months respectively, following the reopening of two hotels — the Star Vegas Resort and Club in Cambodia and the Aristo International Hotel in Vietnam.

LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Friday December 18:

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Code Name Price % Change Market Cap
MSB Mesoblast Limited 2.42 -36 $ 2,215,202,160.60
CCE Carnegie Cln Energy 0.0015 -25 $ 22,659,571.56
XTC Xantippe Res Ltd 0.002 -20 $ 10,186,411.01
ANP Antisense Therapeutics 0.125 -17 $ 86,098,225.65
FPL Fremont Petroleum 0.0025 -17 $ 12,225,537.56
PNX PNX Metals Limited 0.006 -14 $ 20,446,683.66
WML Woomera Mining Ltd 0.025 -14 $ 9,865,412.68
BTR Brightstar Resources 0.051 -14 $ 25,709,295.08
PAK Pacific American Hld 0.021 -13 $ 7,550,037.60
BFC Beston Global Ltd 0.077 -11 $ 52,418,724.44
MEB Medibio Limited 0.008 -11 $ 12,128,963.12
MMJ MMJ Group Hlds Ltd 0.125 -11 $ 32,193,557.90
GMA Genworth Mortgage 2.23 -11 $ 1,027,160,318.16
SMI Santana Minerals Ltd 0.175 -10 $ 22,236,364.02
CVF Contrarian Valfd Ltd 0.37 -10 $ 28,608,825.74
LCY Legacy Iron Ore 0.036 -10 $ 249,889,540.68
MRG Murray River Grp 0.009 -10 $ 22,057,407.10
OEL Otto Energy Limited 0.009 -10 $ 47,950,097.73
VAL Valor Resources Ltd 0.0045 -10 $ 9,604,240.43
IP1 Int Payment Tech Ltd 0.028 -10 $ 17,771,073.86