ASX small caps had a rampish vibe to start the week, as a number of junior tech players got speeding tickets from the ASX after mooning higher on no news.

Those outsized gains took place amid some positive sentiment more broadly, as the major indices all rose by around one per cent to start the week.

Shortly after midday AEST, the ASX200 was around 0.9 per cent while the microcap Emerging Markets Index was almost two per cent higher.

As a secondary economic indicator for Australia’s post-COVID recovery, JB Hi-Fi provided a bullish contribution after announcing that net profits in the six months to December surged by 86 per cent, with momentum continuing into January.

Looking at the week ahead, key data in Australia will be led by January employment figures on Thursday.
 

WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Monday February 15:

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CODE NAME PRICE % CHANGE VOLUME MARKET CAP
OEX Oilex Ltd 0.003 100 66,107,162 $ 6,243,195
IOU IOUpay Limited 0.815 85 96,259,693 $ 198,212,109
FGO Fargo Enterprises 0.008 60 66,633,879 $ 5,928,784
FFT Future First Tech 0.12 58 2,607,006 $ 42,036,045
BD1 Bard1 Life Sciences 2.6 51 7,923,390 $ 137,286,568
ANL Amani Gold Ltd 0.0015 50 26,904,647 $ 9,386,997
DOU Douugh Limited 0.365 46 45,315,366 $ 89,848,453
ECT Env Clean Tech Ltd. 0.002 33 250,000 $ 14,401,549
ASP Aspermont Limited 0.029 32 16,812,340 $ 50,795,581
XAM Xanadu Mines Ltd 0.042 31 5,037,814 $ 34,938,929
NOV Novatti Group Ltd 0.33 27 5,425,877 $ 59,060,700
ZGL Zicom Group Limited 0.12 26 377,959 $ 20,628,374
ACS Accent Resources NL 0.075 25 35,333 $ 27,961,637
TAO TAO Commodities 0.785 25 678,658 $ 62,438,145
SFM Santa Fe Minerals 0.13 24 41,664 $ 7,645,973
EMD Emyria Limited 0.215 23 1,993,376 $ 21,949,016
RFX Redflow Limited 0.067 22 15,211,586 $ 66,036,117
SHG Singular Health 0.455 20 4,222,527 $ 17,778,300
CAD Caeneus Minerals 0.095 19 3,848,104 $ 31,513,286
RHI Red Hill Iron 0.45 18 653 $ 22,753,697
SCU Stemcell United Ltd 0.027 17 21,937,022 $ 19,327,375
RIM Rimfire Pacific 0.0105 17 3,044,545 $ 16,256,203
MRD Mount Ridley Mines 0.0035 17 3,383,332 $ 11,641,873

Fintech platform IOUpay (ASX:IOU) continues to surge, booking an 84% gain this morning after two gains of 54.39% and 29.55% respectively to end last week.

The stock has subsequently gone into a trading halt pending a response to an ASX price query.

Biotech company Bard1 LifeSciences (ASX:BD1) also continued its strong rally after the company released more data on the capacity of its SubB2M treatment to detect cancer.

The stock opened last week at 68c and is now trading at $2.60, following news that SubB2M showed a strong capacity to detect breast cancers (as well as ovarian cancers).

Penny stock Fargo Enterprises (ASX:FGO) (formerly FlamingoAI) also ticked higher on no news, telling the ASX it wasn’t aware of any developments that would prompt a 60 per cent surge in morning trade.

And FutureFirst Technology (ASX:FFT) rounded out the list of tech players ramping for no reason, surging by 57% before going into a halt of its own this morning.

For resources investors, don’t worry — there were still plenty of big gainers in the mining space. Reuben Adams has the best daily wrap in the business here.
 

LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Monday February 15:

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CODE NAME PRICE % CHANGE VOLUME MARKET CAP
HLX Helix Resources 0.009 -36 25,020,930 $ 11,117,679
MLS Metals Australia 0.002 -20 2,866,666 $ 10,477,259
YPB YPB Group Ltd 0.002 -20 1,103,349 $ 11,802,628
TKL Traka Resources 0.022 -19 4,720,723 $ 13,674,557
ERG Eneco Refresh Ltd 0.036 -16 115,000 $ 11,711,409
2BE Tubi Limited 0.063 -16 105,000 $ 23,348,008
GGG Greenland Minerals 0.175 -13 19,496,055 $ 268,199,669
SHE Stonehorse Energy Lt 0.021 -13 6,217,042 $ 9,477,355
AER Aeeris Ltd 0.11 -12 42,300 $ 7,496,732
TMH The Market Herald 0.7 -11 37,119 $ 148,968,146
ODA Orcoda Limited 0.17 -10 20,000 $ 25,016,071
RMI Resource Mining Corp 0.017 -10 176,156 $ 6,191,988
AKG Academies Aus Grp 0.305 -10 216,559 $ 43,388,919
AD1 AD1 Holdings Limited 0.045 -10 3,660,671 $ 30,222,820
AGY Argosy Minerals Ltd 0.135 -10 16,187,750 $ 152,925,371
COY Coppermoly Limited 0.018 -10 329,948 $ 42,544,280
DCX Discovex Res Ltd 0.009 -10 1,100,000 $ 11,961,641
DMC Design Milk Co Ltd 0.009 -10 715,672 $ 14,502,126
TPD Talon Petroleum Ltd 0.0045 -10 5,124,800 $ 26,758,948
WOO Wooboard Tech Ltd 0.0045 -10 12,583,888 $ 12,110,814
NGY Nuenergy Gas Ltd 0.048 -9 542,072 $ 78,490,641
E2M E2 Metals 0.386 -9 655,364 $ 63,604,823