The coronavirus has been troubling markets for much of the year and has sent them tumbling this week as its spread abroad becomes more serious.

The biggest coronavirus-panic-fuelled share price gains have come from antimicrobial solution maker Zoono (ASX:ZNO) which is now a 19-bagger, having spiked from 8.2c to $1.64 since mid-October. It has been overwhelmed with demand for its products since the virus broke out.

But as tough as it is to see many other winners, Stockhead has observed the rise of a few micro-industries on the ASX in recent weeks.

 

Personal products

ASX Code Company Price YTD % Return 1 Month % Return Market Cap GICS Code
MCP MCPHERSON'S LTD 2.82 13.71 0.71 301.30M 303020
HCT HOLISTA COLLTECH LTD 0.19 146.84 143.75 50.39M 303020
EXL ELIXINOL GLOBAL LTD 0.49 -14.16 -57.83 66.88M 303020
S66 STAR COMBO PHARMA LTD 0.46 -5.15 0 39.81M 303020
BXN BIOXYNE LTD 0.01 -14.29 -29.41 7.68M 303020
EHH EAGLE HEALTH HOLDINGS LTD 0.17 41.67 41.67 59.69M 303020
SKN SKIN ELEMENTS LTD 0.01 10 0 2.93M 303020

The personal products sector has gained 14 per cent in the last month and 26 per cent in the year to date.

This sector includes another hand sanitiser stock, Holista CollTech (ASX:HCT), which distributes its products in Asia and like Zoono has witnessed substantial demand.

But other winners include health product provider Eagle Health Holdings (ASX:EHH), which will help Zoono distribute its products into China, and cosmetics maker McPhersons (ASX:MCP).

 

Media

Code Company Price YTD % Return 1 Month % Return Market Cap Code
XTD XTD LTD 0.04 2.94 -12.5 4.83M 502010
PRT PRIME MEDIA GROUP LTD 0.15 -11.76 -9.09 54.95M 502010
CM8 CROWD MEDIA HOLDINGS LTD 0.02 15.79 0 6.34M 502010
ASP ASPERMONT LTD 0.01 11.11 0 21.21M 502010
R3D R3D GLOBAL LTD 0.05 6.12 6.12 2.14M 502010
SWM SEVEN WEST MEDIA LTD 0.18 -45.45 -38.98 276.85M 502010
IMS IMPELUS LTD 0.005 -28.57 -28.57 4.02M 502010
SLM SALMAT LTD 0.83 1.84 1.22 165.72M 502010
EN1 ENGAGE:BDR LTD 0.02 -18.18 -10 13.31M 502010
HT1 HT&E LTD 1.48 -12.98 -14.74 413.34M 502010
EGG ENERO GROUP LTD 1.72 -4.72 -14.68 147.62M 502010
PNW PACIFIC STAR NETWORK LTD 0.25 2 -15 52.23M 502010
QMS QMS MEDIA LTD 1.24 2.92 1.65 432.22M 502010
NCL NETCCENTRIC LTD 0.03 480 190 7.61M 502010
PPL PUREPROFILE LTD 0.01 -27.27 -42.86 960.48k 502010
IGL IVE GROUP LTD 2.1 -13.22 -14.63 311.24M 502010
GTN GTN LTD 0.82 -1.2 -2.38 182.99M 502010
RXH REWARDLE HOLDINGS LTD 0.005 66.67 0 2.63M 502010

Up 24 per cent in the year to date, this sector has its fair share of winners. The biggest share price gainer in this sector is digital tech agency Neccentric (ASX:NCL), which has surged 480 per cent.

Prominent Malaysian entrepreneur Ganesh Kumar Bangah bought and 84 per cent stake in the company.

Meanwhile, marketing and payments penny stock Rewardle Holdings (ASX:RXH) has had a good year too, climbing 67 per cent. The last news out of the company was on New Years Eve, when it announced it was breaking into the coffee market. Rewardle partnered with Beanhunter, a crowd review site.

 

Diversified Telecommunications Services

Code Name Price YTD Return MTD Return Market Cap
ST1 SPIRIT TELECOM LTD 0.19 -7.14 -2.5 67.78M
REF REVERSE CORP LTD 0.004 33.33 -33.33 371.44k
FSG FIELD SOLUTIONS HOLDINGS LTD 0.02 -8 -14.81 9.95M
MNF MNF GROUP LTD 4.7 -4.86 -6 395.96M
VN8 VONEX LTD 0.1 5 -4.55 15.68M
SDA SPEEDCAST INTERNATIONAL LTD 0.79 -15.96 -15.96 189.40M
OPC OPTICOMM LTD 4.74 18.5 28.8 493.32M
5GN 5G NETWORKS LTD/AUSTRALIA 0.95 26.67 9.2 62.30M
UNL UNITED NETWORKS LTD 0.04 28.12 17.14 16.09M
FRX FLEXIROAM LTD 0.02 50 -36.84 7.32M
SLC SUPERLOOP LTD 0.83 -14.43 -10.75 303.67M
UWL UNITI GROUP LTD 1.56 -5 2 503.5M

Telecommunications is hardly the cheapest industry to be in but some would argue its joined death and taxes as life’s certainties given the rise of smart phones.

The most notable member of this sector, up 9 per cent in 2020, is last year’s most successful IPO Uniti Group (ASX:UWL), which has actually stagnated this year.

But there have been other companies making headway this year, including Flexiroam (ASX:FRX), 5G Networks (ASX:5GN) and United Networks (ASX:UNL).