The ASX drifted sideways on Wednesday, as uncertainty continues to linger around the outlook for monetary policy, interest rates and broader market liquidity following the reappointment of Jerome Powell as US Fed chair.

While the ASX 200 traded flat, there were bigger falls at the small end of town as the microcap Emerging Companies index underperformed with a decline of 1.37%.

Despite the macroeconomic concerns, ASX small caps saw another round of capital raisings and outsized share price moves following market-moving announcements.

TODAY’S BIGGEST SMALL CAP WINNERS

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The biggest winner on the day was cybersecurity play Sovereign Cloud Holdings (ASX:SOV), which held its gains from morning trade after announcing the successful completion of a share placement to NextDC (ASX:NXT).

The two companies confirmed that NXT will acquire a 19.99% stake in SOV for just over $12 million. Along with a separate institutional raise, Sovereign Cloud added a ~$35m warchest to fund the expansion of its AUCloud network with new platforms in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Also at the top of the winner’s list was ed-tech platform KneoMedia (ASX:KNM) as investors responded to a CEO presentation this morning, outlining the company’s strategy to drive the growth of its SaaS-based digital learning platform, with a focus on the US market.

Elsewhere, ASX game developer iCandy Interactive (ASX:ICI) continued its strong recent rally following the announcement of a $40m capital raising last week.

VR/AR-focused tech platform Vection Technologies (ASX:VR1) is also finding strong demand with investors — up by around 150% over the past month.

In resources, copper explorer Cannindah Resources (ASX:CAE) led the pack, jumping by more than 30% on no news.

TODAY’S BIGGEST SMALL CAP LOSERS

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Among stocks with news, Advanced Human Imaging (ASX:AHI) (formerly known as MyFiziq) led the laggards after announcing it had closed a US$10.5 Million U.S. Initial Public Offering on the Nasdaq index.

The company also confirmed it had settled two convertible note subscription agreements with Asia Cornerstone Asset Management (ACAM) and iConcept Global Growth Fund “by mutual agreement”.