The ASX has opened at five-week highs with a gain of around 0.5% in Monday trade.

That outpaced the small caps, with the microcap Emerging Markets index trading flat to start the week.

Gains were again led by the ASX 200 Energy index which rose +2%, as the market re-calibrates earnings forecasts as oil prices consolidate higher.

Resources also got off to a strong start, with smaller gains for bank stocks.

Gold prices are holding steady just below US$1,800/oz, while the Aussie dollar remains supported just below US75c with no risk-off indicators to start the week in Asian trade.

Looking ahead this week, key data domestically will be led by Q3 inflation data on Wednesday. Get all the details in the latest Stockhead trader’s diary.

ASX SMALL CAP WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for October 25 [intraday]:

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Stocks highlighted in yellow made market-sensitive announcements
Code Name Price % Change Volume
BUX Buxton Resources Ltd 0.12 74% 3,946,224
ITM Itech Minerals Ltd 0.36 36% 3,757,847
AQI Alicanto Min Ltd 0.16 23% 8,272,723
RXH Rewardle Holding Ltd 0.018 20% 6,663,305
EMS Eastern Metals 0.24 20% 2,480,327
OVT Ovato Limited 0.003 20% 500,365
TNG TNG Limited 0.125 19% 4,007,390
KNB Koonenberrygold 0.19 19% 34,000
PLY Playside Studios 0.685 18% 780,655
PNN PepinNini Minerals 0.54 17% 657,949
FZR Fitzroy River Corp 0.14 17% 20,471
MTB Mount Burgess Mining 0.007 17% 460,000
YPB YPB Group Ltd 0.0035 17% 31,853,673
FCT Firstwave Cloud Tech 0.093 16% 769,024
FGL Frugl Group Limited 0.038 15% 431,666
TEM Tempest Minerals 0.023 15% 2,913,405
MRD Mount Ridley Mines 0.008 14% 8,017,640
EUR European Lithium Ltd 0.12 14% 13,494,634
BGT Bio-Gene Technology 0.165 14% 1,195,763
GLN Galan Lithium Ltd 1.28 14% 2,978,478
TIG Tigers Realm Coal 0.026 13% 2,969,551
CRR Critical Resources 0.035 13% 57,103,157
NMR Native Mineral Res 0.265 13% 32,048
LYK Lykosmetalslimited 0.4 13% 1,103,217

Among stocks with news, base metals explorer Buxton Resources (ASX:BUX) was a comfortable leader, ripping higher by more than 70% after flagging a number of potential suitors for its ‘Copper Wolf’ porphyry project in Arizona.

Get the full resources wrap — including some porphyry monsters and more lithium hits — here.

Also high up on the winner’s list today was fintech minnow Rewardle Holdings (ASX:RXH), which got a boost after flagging a distribution tie-up for its online marketing platform with cafe directory Beanhunter.

And as September quarterlies continue to roll out, ASX games developer Playside Studios (ASX:PLY) caught the market’s attention with a 114% annualised lift in quarterly revenues. Get the full quarterlies wrap here.

ASX SMALL CAP LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for October 25 [intraday]:

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Stocks highlighted in yellow made market-sensitive announcements
Code Name Price % Change Volume
CCE Carnegie Cln Energy 0.002 -33.3% 6,631,612
DAL Dalaroo Metals 0.185 -26.0% 860,387
PCL Pancontinental Energ 0.0015 -25.0% 8,513,781
WOO Wooboard Tech Ltd 0.0015 -25.0% 2,561,951
BAS Bass Oil Ltd 0.002 -20.0% 6,975,001
CZL Cons Zinc Ltd 0.055 -19.1% 8,556,625
PF1 Pathfinder Resources 0.3 -16.7% 4,331
LNY Laneway Res Ltd 0.005 -16.7% 150,000
MEI Meteoric Resources 0.02 -16.7% 11,658,326
SIQ Smart Group 7.98 -14.6% 1,552,517
SIT Site Group Int Ltd 0.007 -12.5% 461,556
TGM Theta Gold Mines Ltd 0.175 -12.5% 232,920
RAN Range International 0.0105 -12.5% 128,747
A8G Australasian Gold 0.605 -12.3% 536,552
RNX Renegade Exploration 0.008 -11.1% 333,333
XST Xstate Resources 0.004 -11.1% 22,598,947
GLE GLG Corp Ltd 0.25 -10.7% 994
TML Timah Resources Ltd 0.085 -10.5% 2,000,000
SP3 Spectur 0.09 -10.0% 457,258
CGB Cann Global Limited 0.0045 -10.0% 3,515,276
MCT Metalicity Limited 0.009 -10.0% 74,074
RIM Rimfire Pacific 0.009 -10.0% 295,244
AXP AXP Energy Ltd 0.0135 -10.0% 52,190,757