ASX stocks have copped a dose of the Friday Blues from Wall Street, after the major US indices all dipped to end the week.

Those falls followed a weaker-than-expected US retail sales print, prompting fears that not all is well in the world’s largest economy.

Down under, Australians are relatively cashed up and big retailers like Premier Investments (ASX:PMV) have reported strong trading updates this month.

But more broadly, local stocks are tracking for a Monday fall, with steeper declines in the Emerging Markets microcap index which is down almost 1.5 per cent into midday trade.

ASX microcaps are tracking about as well as the organisers of this year’s Australian Open, who are trying to run a major tennis tournament without causing a COVID-19 outbreak.

International arrivals have been forced into strict quarantine and one of them, Novak Djokovic, is pissed.

While one could argue the Djoker doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to the ‘rona, he’s issued a number of requests to tennis policymakers for players in quarantine, including the possibility of an early release following consecutive negative tests.

In response, the Victorian government has told Novak… no dice. The Open is scheduled to start on February 8. Stay tuned…

WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Monday January 18:

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CODE NAME PRICE % CHANGE VOLUME MARKET CAP
ENV Enova Mining Limited 0.027 50 833,620 $ 6,095,859
ANL Amani Gold Ltd 0.0015 50 6,572,500 $ 9,386,997
ANW Aus Tin Mining 0.0015 50 26,634,822 $ 5,090,013
CLZ Classic Min Ltd 0.0015 50 63,229,570 $ 16,734,968
SAN Sagalio Energy Ltd 0.037 28 693,544 $ 5,935,144
LIT Lithium Australia NL 0.125 26 20,129,439 $ 80,298,161
SPQ Superior Resources 0.0175 25 73,067,897 $ 19,279,030
VIA Viagold Rare Earth 0.035 25 74,000 $ 2,332,747
GGX Gas2Grid Limited 0.005 25 167,370 $ 5,343,988
MLS Metals Australia 0.0025 25 1,733,666 $ 8,381,807
EGY Energy Tech Ltd 0.18 24 132,883 $ 24,798,328
PWN Parkway Minls NL 0.011 22 8,922,123 $ 17,106,786
INP Incentiapay Ltd 0.03 20 894,400 $ 17,955,741
DNK Danakali Limited 0.43 19 607,110 $ 114,746,870
EGR Ecograf Limited 0.215 19 2,789,499 $ 65,517,618
WCN White Cliff Min Ltd 0.033 18 7,847,771 $ 14,479,776
GBR Greatbould Resources 0.053 18 2,736,461 $ 8,462,690
RLC Reedy Lagoon Corp 0.02 18 10,576,114 $ 7,985,474
AX8 Accelerate Resources 0.07 17 926,224 $ 9,410,868
HWK Hawkstone Mng Ltd 0.021 17 151,341,261 $ 27,208,324

 

Mining minnow Amani Gold (ASX:ANL) ticked higher in percentage terms (from a low base of 0.1c), although the Congo-based explorer only released an Appendix 2A related to the vesting of performance rights.

Also rising strongly was Superior Resources (ASX:SPQ), which said first assays from stage-two drilling at delivered gold hits of up to 184g/t at its Steam Engine project in North Queensland.

Lithium Australia (ASX:LIT) also jumped after the company announced it would not be renewing its exploration licences in Germany, after the pandemic “rendered work in these areas almost impossible” last year.

LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Monday January 18:

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CODE NAME PRICE % CHANGE VOLUME MARKET CAP
EWC Energy World Corpor 0.064 -21 2,852,568 $ 145,446,165
XTC Xantippe Res Ltd 0.002 -20 2,750,000 $ 10,186,411
SI6 SI6 Metals Limited 0.032 -18 90,454,385 $ 53,385,158
BDM Burgundy D Mines Ltd 0.175 -17 375,078 $ 52,343,464
BDG Black Dragon Gold 0.093 -15 129,917 $ 14,778,897
CPV Clearvue Technologie 0.265 -15 1,893,237 $ 45,762,963
NPM Newpeak Metals 0.003 -14 56,127,159 $ 16,338,569
VIC Victory Mines Ltd 0.003 -14 2,461,699 $ 16,583,885
VPR Volt Power Group 0.003 -14 326,000 $ 32,093,367
ARE Argonaut Resources 0.013 -13 23,242,286 $ 43,693,072
CZR CZR Resources Ltd 0.014 -13 1,659,500 $ 45,648,302
FFX Firefinch Ltd 0.195 -11 8,514,185 $ 172,019,595
OKR Okapi Resources 0.215 -11 58,000 $ 10,905,243
DTM Dart Mining NL 0.17 -11 188,845 $ 18,989,640
ZEO Zeotech Limited 0.08 -10 21,394,714 $ 127,541,555
KKO Kinetiko Energy Ltd 0.135 -10 240,902 $ 86,575,606
CAD Caeneus Minerals 0.009 -10 5,736,375 $ 39,366,608
GTG Genetic Technologies 0.009 -10 5,722,758 $ 82,617,267
SHE Stonehorse Energy Lt 0.027 -10 9,244,248 $ 11,846,694
TSL Titanium Sands Ltd 0.027 -10 1,020,000 $ 24,973,348
SHO Sportshero Ltd 0.029 -9 1,545,329 $ 12,693,365