To all of our fellow ‘Stockheads’, season’s greetings.

Australia’s east coast is settling in for what looks like a COVID-19 Christmas, as NSW reported nine new cases from more than 60,000 tests overnight.

That’s a lot of tests, but premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state is “not out of the woods” just yet.

Seven of the new cases came from the Avalon cluster, and authorities are on alert for what looks like a case of community transmission from a hotel in Sydney’s CBD. Another case from the northern beaches region has also snuck into Queensland.

Despite all that, markets have now digested (via three straight days of falls) the ‘rona scare, and ASX stocks are on track for their second straight day of strong gains heading into the Christmas break.

Local markets took the cue from a strong global lead overnight, amid optimism that EU and UK lawmakers might actually come to some kind of compromise in the Brexit negotiations.

After wrapping up early today at 2:10pm AEDT, Aussie markets will close over Christmas before reopening on Tuesday, December 29.

WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Thursday December 24:

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
ANL Amani Gold Ltd 0.0015 50 2,772,001 $ 9,386,996.75
CFO Cfoam Limited 0.035 35 117,540,697 $ 12,351,885.18
BCK Brockman Mining Ltd 0.08 33 165,462 $ 556,753,927.86
8CO 8Common Limited 0.15 30 4,442,118 $ 23,025,853.15
BRN Brainchip Ltd 0.42 29 67,794,590 $ 525,392,266.10
AGE Alligator Energy 0.009 29 1,524,861 $ 14,891,105.73
ORM Orion Metals Ltd 0.02 25 50,000 $ 8,721,559.09
ARE Argonaut Resources 0.006 20 13,711,681 $ 14,564,357.25
FPL Fremont Petroleum 0.003 20 1,500,000 $ 11,687,947.97
NPM Newpeak Metals 0.003 20 4,295,000 $ 11,670,406.27
VPR Volt Power Group 0.003 20 30,000 $ 22,923,833.90
AVZ AVZ Minerals Ltd 0.115 17 26,341,315 $ 281,014,853.78
LEX Lefroy Exploration 0.21 17 198,163 $ 21,601,740.06
ELT Elementos Limited 0.007 17 2,054,859 $ 19,477,958.53
FGO Fargo Enterprises 0.0035 17 200,000 $ 3,557,270.11
CCP Credit Corp Group 28.58 15 510,484 $ 1,674,143,125.29
CE1 Calima Energy 0.008 14 25,000 $ 15,343,567.46
DDT DataDot Technology 0.008 14 545,458 $ 8,693,086.26
ESH Esports Mogul Ltd 0.016 14 7,552,022 $ 40,280,328.59
RLC Reedy Lagoon Corp. 0.016 14 612,263 $ 6,576,272.98
PM8 Pensana Rare Earths 1.62 12 447,794 $ 184,848,469.12

 

The morning leaders held their gains into midday trade, as CFOAM (ASX:CFO) rose by 35 per cent after scoring a $US2.4m contract from the US Department of Energy.

And AI tech company Brainchip (ASX:BRN) also got a boost, after announcing NASA had placed an order for its Akida Early Access Evaluation kit to further evaluate the technology.

BRN’s 30 per cent climb saw the stock rise back above 40c, although it’s still well-off its 2020 high of 94c following a highly publicised mid-year surge.

For further analysis, here’s Nick Sundich’s wrap of this morning’s pre-Christmas tech winners.

LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Thursday December 24:

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
KP2 Kore Potash PLC 0.023 -50 15,281,940 $ 10,717,745.71
CLZ Classic Min Ltd 0.0015 -25 13,706,881 $ 30,536,536.61
AVE Avecho Biotech Ltd 0.031 -24 57,681,109 $ 65,554,681.88
AO1 Assetowl Limited 0.006 -14 229,619 $ 3,433,000.32
MSR Manas Res Ltd 0.006 -14 70,000 $ 19,321,915.19
TOU Tlou Energy Ltd 0.053 -13 200,000 $ 32,037,141.38
BSM Bass Metals Ltd 0.0035 -12.5 1,000,000 $ 16,086,702.94
DCX Discovex Res Ltd 0.007 -12.5 520,000 $ 9,569,312.61
SKS SKS Tech Group Ltd 0.16 -11 22,173 $ 17,985,006.72
AYM Australia United Min 0.008 -11 28,000 $ 16,583,197.37
LCY Legacy Iron Ore 0.034 -11 4,617,550 $ 237,395,063.65
EFE Eastern Iron 0.009 -10 221,875 $ 4,736,854.34
PAB Patrys Limited 0.0235 -10 9,560,634 $ 47,007,367.45
NAE New Age Exploration 0.01 -9 8,997,874 $ 13,057,334.51
CYL Catalyst Metals 2.2 -9 150,734 $ 200,993,272.18
BDM Burgundy D Mines Ltd 0.16 -9 132,746 $ 43,619,553.08
RLG Roolife Group Ltd 0.022 -8 149,465 $ 13,913,474.69
MGT Magnetite Mines 0.012 -8 1,675,847 $ 37,132,591.08
PRL Province Resources 0.012 -8 177,082 $ 8,723,248.51
MEM Memphasys Ltd 0.12 -8 634,925 $ 98,120,604.40
PLL Piedmont Lithium Ltd 0.38 -7 1,146,435 $ 570,188,991.78