It’s the start of a new investing week — no better time to repeat the mantra:

“One should strive to be as good at picking ASX small caps as Rafael Nadal is at playing tennis on clay.”

The Spaniard put on another clinic overnight, easily dispatching old rival Novak Djokovic to win his 13th French Open title.

With the US election moving into focus abroad and lingering COVID-19 concerns in Melbourne and Sydney, the ASX200 traded flat into midday trade on Monday.

That’s perhaps not surprising given the local index itself had a case of the Monday blues, as the ASX’s new website got off to a glitchy start.

But in further possible evidence of the post-pandemic small cap boom, the ASX Emerging Companies Index ripped higher by almost two per cent.

Here’s a summary of today’s winners and losers among ASX small caps:

WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Friday, October 12:

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CODE NAME PRICE % CHANGE MARKET CAP
MSI Multistack International 0.048 153 $ 2,133,775
AZS Azure Minerals 0.36 53 $ 56,915,265
CCE Carnegie Cln Energy 0.0015 50 $ 11,141,452
MNB Minbos Resources Ltd 0.003 50 $ 13,005,123
DAV Davenport Resources 0.055 34 $ 8,079,155
PSL Paterson Resources 0.004 33 $ 12,010,063
MGU Magnum Mining & Exp 0.055 31 $ 13,143,150
ENX Enegex Limited 0.084 25 $ 8,384,834
APG Austpac Resources NL 0.0025 25 $ 5,668,004
MLS Metals Australia 0.0025 25 $ 7,296,706
QFY Quantify Tech Ltd 0.0025 25 $ 4,017,099
TRM Truscott Mining Corp 0.02 25 $ 1,967,065
TYX Tyranna Res Ltd 0.005 25 $ 5,129,443
LNK Link Admin Hldg 4.97 25 $ 2,119,780,694
PNC Pioneer Credit Ltd 0.44 24 $ 22,506,378
EEG Empire Energy Ltd 0.41 22 $ 108,382,377
ATP Atlas Pearls Ltd 0.011 22 $ 3,850,846
AUC Ausgold Limited 0.055 22 $ 58,515,729
KNM Kneomedia Limited 0.018 20 $ 13,596,661
GGX Gas2Grid Limited 0.003 20 $ 3,309,992
MEM Memphasys Ltd 0.125 19 $ 79,219,757

Penny stock Multistack International (ASX:MSI) was up and about again on no news.

The ~$6m market cap minnow, which develops and sells engine-cooling technology, surged higher by almost 200 per cent in morning trade.

That followed a speeding ticket from the ASX last Thursday after a separate 100 per cent surge. After closing on September 29 at 0.8c, MSI shares were trading above 5c heading into midday trade.

Also at the top of the winner’s list was Azure Minerals (ASX: AZS), which jumped more than 50 per cent after announcing “significant nickel and copper mineralisation” after the first drilling program at its Andover project in WA’s West Pilbara region.

LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Friday, October 12:

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CODE NAME PRICE % CHANGE MARKET CAP
CLZ Classic Min Ltd 0.0015 -25 $ 26,678,279
RXH Rewardle Holding Ltd 0.006 -25 $ 4,210,572
VPR Volt Power Group 0.002 -20 $ 22,923,834
MHC Manhattan Corp Ltd 0.038 -17 $ 61,008,820
FGO Flamingo Ai Ltd 0.0025 -17 $ 3,360,383
GLA Gladiator Resources 0.0025 -17 $ 6,983,503
ICN Icon Energy Limited 0.02 -17 $ 14,342,567
BUY Bounty Oil & Gas NL 0.016 -16 $ 20,831,619
CYQ Cycliq Group Ltd 0.003 -14 $ 6,859,055
FPL Fremont Petroleum 0.003 -14 $ 13,738,127
VIC Victory Mines Ltd 0.003 -14 $ 15,457,125
ZER Zeta Resources Ltd 0.215 -14 $ 71,910,769
TNP Triple Energy Ltd 0.02 -13 $ 1,655,909
GGE Grand Gulf Energy 0.007 -13 $ 3,069,996
NTM NTM Gold Ltd 0.115 -12 $ 88,901,697
BGT Bio-Gene Technology 0.165 -11 $ 28,047,879
ASN Anson Resources Ltd 0.035 -10 $ 30,554,592
PLL Piedmont Lithium Ltd 0.485 -9 $ 618,096,310
AGE Alligator Energy 0.005 -9 $ 11,678,154