If you find yourself cringing at things you did when you were younger, you’re not alone — even Bono feels the same way.

Reflecting on his career in a recent interview with The Times, the U2 lead singer said most of the band’s chart-topping tracks are hard for him to listen to these days because he doesn’t like the sound of his voice.

In another darkish twist from the same interview, he also conceded he doesn’t even like the band’s name (but ultimately he ran with it long enough to chalk up 22 Grammys and ~170m record sales).

On local markets, the mood still isn’t bullish as the ASX 200 traded flat in the morning session.

A finish in the red would mark three straight falls at the big end of town, as rising bond yields appear to be putting pressure on tech and financial stocks.

But if you’re still allocating capital at the junior end of the resources market, you’d be making bank (read on below for more details).

In crypto markets, Bitcoin slid back beneath US$42k overnight while USD gold prices pushed further above US$1,800/oz.

Large cap gold miners ripped higher in morning trade, with Newcrest Mining (ASX:NCM) up +5% while Northern Star (ASX:NST) jumped by almost 10%.

ASX 200 Energy stocks also look set to continue their winning streak amid the ongoing strength in global oil prices.
 

ASX SMALL CAP WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for January 20 [intraday]:

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Code Company Price % Market Cap
WOO Wooboard Tech Ltd 0.002 100% $3,822,163
VMG VDM Group Limited 0.0025 67% $10,391,491
NC1 Nicoresourceslimited 0.56 56% $31,410,001
DXN DXN Limited 0.009 50% $8,827,889
RXL Rox Resources 0.4975 38% $56,738,741
SBR Sabre Resources 0.0055 38% $6,911,255
TEG Triangle Energy Ltd 0.019 36% $15,054,325
OEX Oilex Ltd 0.004 33% $21,338,855
DAF Discovery Alaska Ltd 0.04 33% $6,697,041
ARR American Rare Earths 0.47 32% $138,579,967
1MC Morella Corporation 0.03 30% $118,086,922
JAV Javelin Minerals Ltd 0.0025 25% $13,176,506
MLS Metals Australia 0.0025 25% $10,477,115
PG1 Pearl Global Ltd 0.026 24% $13,699,133
CRR Critical Resources 0.135 23% $144,657,824
ASO Aston Minerals Ltd 0.15 20% $119,274,679
VMC Venus Metals Cor Ltd 0.215 19% $27,194,163
MRR Minrex Resources Ltd 0.075 19% $43,596,051
CMX Chemxmaterials 0.275 17% $10,890,076
POS Poseidon Nick Ltd 0.1225 17% $321,715,750
JCS Jcurve Solutions 0.056 17% $15,760,485
BSX Blackstone Ltd 0.82 16% $316,966,283
AZS Azure Minerals 0.455 16% $121,963,770
IPT Impact Minerals 0.015 15% $26,309,334
SMP Smartpay Holdings 0.79 15% $163,225,200

New battery metals play NiCo Resources (ASX:NC1) continued its red-hot start to listed life, surging higher again following a successful IPO yesterday where the stock almost doubled on debut.

At just under 60c this morning NC1 is now up almost 200% from its IPO price inside 48, as excited investors back the company to develop its Wingellina nickel/cobalt project.

Among stocks with news, every company on the winner’s list this morning was a resources stock, including WA-based gold player Rox Resources (ASX:RXL) which announced a resource upgrade at its Youanmi project, with a 1.34 million-ounce increase to its mineral resources estimate to 3Moz.

Elsewhere, data centre company DXN Ltd (ASX:DXN) ripped higher on no news, jumping by 50% in morning trade to 9c.
 

ASX SMALL CAP LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for January 20 [intraday]:

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Code Company Last % Market Cap
ICL Iceni Gold 0.13 -27.8% $22,455,899
ECG Ecargo Hldg 0.03 -23.1% $23,994,750
MEB Medibio Limited 0.004 -20.0% $10,305,256
LCT Living Cell Tech. 0.005 -16.7% $6,170,182
LPI Lithium Pwr Int Ltd 0.705 -14.5% $287,735,125
SE1 Sensera Ltd 0.019 -13.6% $9,107,922
TSN The Sust Nutri Grp 0.175 -12.5% $24,121,277
CVN Carnarvon Energy Ltd 0.3025 -12.3% $540,056,071
HMI Hiremii 0.051 -12.1% $4,282,585
IEC Intra Energy Corp 0.015 -11.8% $7,750,005
AFW Applyflow Limited 0.004 -11.1% $13,309,236
AO1 Assetowl Limited 0.004 -11.1% $3,672,923
BMM Balkanminingandmin 0.5 -10.7% $18,340,000
XTC Xantippe Res Ltd 0.0125 -10.7% $72,306,655
TOU Tlou Energy Ltd 0.043 -10.4% $28,809,554
GTE Great Western Exp. 0.13 -10.3% $19,748,727
8IH 8I Holdings Ltd 0.18 -10.0% $71,671,198
IOU Ioupay Limited 0.27 -10.0% $165,423,620
M2R Miramar 0.18 -10.0% $9,963,004
BUY Bounty Oil & Gas NL 0.009 -10.0% $13,705,010

Iceni Gold (ASX:ICL) led the laggards, after providing assay results from a diamond drilling program at its Deep Well prospect within its 14 Mile Well tenement package.

ICL said while the drilling “identified a large hydrothermal alteration system”, it “did not intersect economic gold mineralisation at these specific locations”.