As the global death toll from COVID-19 ticks over 315,000, countries across the world are in various stages of easing social distancing restrictions.

And as part of the battle to contain the spread, one Boston skin specialist has unexpectedly found themselves looking at a lot of…toes.

Dermatologist Esther Freeman told the AP that in practising via telehealth, she’s seen more pictures of toes over the last few weeks than she has in her entire career.

Viruses are often the cause of various rashes and ailments, and a feature of COVID-19 appears to be irritation of the toes — bright red sores that look like the result of excessive exposure to cold weather.

While the news is likely to prompt some to look down and check their feet, investors were looking up this morning as the ASX got off to a strong start.

Markets continue to take a more optimistic view of the next six to 12 months, despite the risk of second waves and further economic contractions.

The ASX200 was up 1.5 per cent to 5,483 points while the Small Ords index climbed more than 2 per cent to 2,492 points.

 

WINNERS

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

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Code Company Price % Change Market Cap
MGT Magnetite Mines 0.002 100.00% $2.3M
WOA Wide Open Agriculture 0.215 53.57% $9.9M
CLZ Classic Minerals Ltd 0.002 50.00% $8.2M
PCL Pancontinental Oil&Gas 0.002 50.00% $5.4M
AX8 Accelerate Resources 0.031 40.91% $2.5M
BNL Big Star Energy 0.007 40.00% $5.1M
ATU Atrum Coal 0.28 33.33% $152.6M
BSM Bass Metals Ltd 0.004 33.33% $11.3M
NES Nelson Resources 0.053 32.50% $2.8M
YOJ Yojee 0.034 30.77% $33.4M
IBG Ironbark Zinc Ltd 0.009 28.57% $8.3M
AGE Alligator Energy Ltd 0.007 27.27% $10.0M
SCI Silver City Minerals Ltd 0.014 27.27% $4.8M
IVR Investigator Resources Ltd 0.018 23.33% $15.2M
GTR GTI Resources Ltd 0.048 23.08% $18.1M
KIN Kin Mining NL 0.10 25.00% $50.4M
RMP Red Emperor Resources 0.01 25.00% $4.2M
NUS Nusantara Resources 0.32 20.75% $66.8M
PMY Pacifico Minerals Ltd 0.006 20.00% $17.3M
VMT Vmoto Ltd 0.22 22.22% $50.1M

 

Among the winners, food producer Wide Open Agriculture (ASX:WOA) rose by as much as 75 per cent in morning trade, after taking another step towards its goal of supplying plant-based food options.

Wide Open said the use of lupin — which is expected to become a $3bn industry in Australia over the next decade — in plant-based products was a unique opportunity given that 60 per cent of global lupin supply comes from WA. Read more here.

 

LOSERS

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

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Code Company Price % Change Market Cap
JPR Jupiter Energy 0.02 -25.93% $3.1M
SGO Stream Group Ltd 0.02 -23.08% $4.3M
ORN Orion Gold NL 0.013 -18.75% $37.7M
FMS Flinders Mines 0.019 -17.39% $72.9M
BIQ BuildingIQ Inc 0.005 -16.67% $1.9M
TAR Taruga Gold Ltd 0.011 -15.38% $3.6M
DXN DXN 0.011 -15.38% $5.0M
LPD Lepidico 0.007 -12.50% $32.4M
TSC Twenty Seven 0.007 -12.50% $10.4M
TGM Theta Gold Mines 0.21 -10.64% $92.8M
HCH Hot Chili 0.018 -10.00% $31.3M
CKA Cokal Ltd 0.036 -10.00% $33.2M
CML Chase Mining 0.009 -10.00% $2.1M
BAR Barra Resources Ltd 0.018 -10.00% $11.9M
GLB Globe International Ltd 1.07 -9.32% $48.9M
RFG Retail Food Group 0.069 -9.21% $161.0M
LCL Los Cerros 0.05 -9.09% $12.8M
RLE Real Energy Corporation Ltd 0.02 -9.09% $7.8M
CFO Cfoam 0.04 -9.09% $8.5M