ASX Small Cap Winners Jan 19-25

Jessica Rudd is the winner of the (short) trading week after selling 45 per cent of her online retailer Jessica’s Suitcase to China-based e-tailer eCargo (ASX:ECG).

eCargo shares surged more than 230 per cent on Monday after the former PM’s daughter made the announcement.

The store is run through Alibaba’s massive online mall Tmall. Ms Rudd will join the eCargo board.

eCargo shares shot to a 52-week high of 33c on Monday. They fell back quickly — closing Thursday at 19c — but still logged a 126 per cent gain for the short week (Friday Jan 19 to Thursday Jan 25).

The lawyer, author and ‘mummy blogger’ previously lived in Beijing for five years, and now represents product ranges from Aussie brands the likes of Penfolds, Wolf Blass, skincare brand Sukin and fellow ASX-listed goat milk formula maker Bubs (ASX:BUB).

eCargo shareholders went for a wild ride this week.
eCargo shareholders went for a wild ride this week.

Graphite producers are in a sweet spot at the moment, with higher prices amid growing demand from battery makers and reports of tightening supply.

Graphite producer Battery Minerals (ASX:BAT) had a great week, with three straight gains following from a new sales agreement and board restructure.

On Monday the company announced it had pre-sold 80 per cent of forecast production from a Mozambique graphite project after signing a fourth off-take (future sales) deal.

Battery Minerals said it was now “moving rapidly towards development and production at its Montepuez graphite project in Mozambique”.

Under the latest, binding deal, Chinese battery anode producer Qingdao Keshuo New Materials Technology will take 10,000 tonnes a year of graphite concentrate.

Ahead of production, Battery appointed two new directors — geologist Ivy Chen and finance expert Jeff Dowling (a former director of NRW, S2 Resources and Sirius Resources among others).

The stock ended the trading week up 31 per cent at 9.2c.

Another graphite play, Renascor Resources, gained 17.5 per cent for the week after early testing produced high-quality spherical graphite from a deposit in South Australia.

Graphite flakes are rated by size as small, medium, large or jumbo. Bigger flakes tend to be higher in purity and attract higher prices. Battery grade is the most expensive at 99.9 per cent purity.

Renascor’s shares — which have doubled in the past six months — ended Thursday at 4.7c, up from 4c the previous Friday.

Silver City Minerals (ASX:SCI) made a healthy 20 per cent gain for the week after announcing it has already hit strong copper sulphide mineralisation — just two holes into a follow-up drilling program at its Broken Hill Copper Blow project.

The shares jumped from 3.9c last Friday to 4.7c at Thurday’s close.

Strong copper sulphide mineralisation was identified in numerous massive magnetite-sulphide veins in both holes, Silver City reported on Monday.

The veins are characteristic of iron oxide copper-gold deposits such as those which occur in Queensland (Ernest Henry and Selwyn) and in South Australia (Olympic Dam and Prominent Hill).

Copper Blow is located 20km south of Broken Hill, which is traditionally known for silver, lead and zinc – but investigations by Silver City show this western NSW mining district also contains an abundance of copper and gold.

Suda Pharmaceuticals (ASX:SUD) — which makes oral spray drug delivery systems — put on 21 per cent after finalising the global rights to anagrelide, “an anti-thrombotic agent that has recently shown promise as a novel anti-cancer agent”.

Stockhead columnist Tim Boreham labelled the biotech “undervalued” earlier this week.

SUDA plans to formulate a spray version of anagrelide using its “OroMist” technology, which it says could potentially avoid side-effects when taken as an oral capsule.

Suda shares climbed from 1.4c to 1.7c for the week.

Mobile game maker Anomica Brands (ASX:AB1) — which more than doubled last week on strong sales of its latest battle game — moved ahead again after signing a deal to publish cryptocurrency game CryptoKitties in China.

The stock is a 10-bagger for those who bought last year around 1c and sold at highs above 11c on Thursday. The shares climbed 22 per cent this week to finish at 8.6c.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for Jan 19-25:

ASX code Name Change Jan 19-25 Price Jan 25 Price Jan 19 52wk High 52wk Low Market Cap
ECG ECARGO HOLDINGS 1.26 0.19 0.084 0.33 0.04 119973744
JVG JV GLOBAL 1 0.002 0.001 0.002 0.0009 4386280
JHL JAYEX HEALTHCARE 0.69 0.022 0.013 0.052 0.012 2765211.5
SDL SUNDANCE RESOURCES 0.6 0.008 0.005 0.012 0.003 62189636
EXO ENNOX GROUP 0.5 0.003 0.002 0.005 0.002 1326381.125
NME NEX METALS EXPLORATION 0.5 0.015 0.01 0.032 0.003 2290754.25
AB1 ANIMOCA BRANDS 0.22 0.086 0.07 0.12 0.008 30386916
GRV GREENVALE ENERGY 0.38 0.047 0.034 0.056 0.02 4387701.5
HHM HAMPTON HILL MINING 0.36 0.03 0.022 0.04 0.0094 7370134.5
ANP ANTISENSE THERAPEUTICS 0.37 0.048 0.035 0.055 0.022 8562648
BAT BATTERY MINERALS 0.31 0.092 0.07 0.115 0.056 76353232
BOT BOTANIX PHARMACEUTICALS 0.34 0.13 0.097 0.13 0.039 70604472
ARO ASTRO RESOURCES 0.33 0.004 0.003 0.004 0.002 3531709.25
BDI BLINA MINERALS 0.33 0.002 0.0015 0.003 0.001 6327783.5
SUR SUN RESOURCES 0.33 0.004 0.003 0.011 0.0027 3025730.5
WHK WHITEHAWK 0.2 0.24 0.2 0.28 0.22 18418160
ANW AUS TIN MINING 0.31 0.025 0.019 0.03 0.006 48205340
WEC WHITE ENERGY CO 0.55 0.085 0.055 0.072 0.025 23642962
SMG SOON MINING 0.3 0.34 0.26 0.35 0.12 53795760
CYP CYNATA THERAPEUTICS 0.41 0.83 0.59 0.785 0.37 65741792
IPB IPB PETROLEUM 0.3 0.013 0.01 0.026 0.009 2084358.375
PKA PLUKKA 0.6 0.016 0.01 0.033 0.004 2405104.5
GGL GRUDEN GROUP/THE 0.28 0.018 0.014 0.026 0.01 12704694
PEX PEEL MINING 0.37 0.765 0.56 0.78 0.155 120412552
LSH LIFESPOT HEALTH 0.24 0.18 0.145 0.375 0.11 13114530
NXM NEXUS MINERALS 0.23 0.135 0.11 0.145 0.065 9994029
WLC WOLLONGONG COAL 0.27 0.014 0.011 0.014 0.004 131137680
NSE NEW STANDARD ENERGY 0.25 0.005 0.004 0.01 0.002 3582090
SSN SAMSON OIL & GAS 0.5 0.003 0.002 0.0055 0.001 6566001
SHK STONE RESOURCES AUSTRALIA LT 0.25 0.005 0.004 0.006 0.002 4014386
KYK KYCKR 0.22 0.305 0.25 0.31 0.14 32690798
ASN ANSON RESOURCES 0.16 0.25 0.215 0.31 0.01 86097656
MTB MOUNT BURGESS MINING 0.22 0.011 0.009 0.015 0.004 4915632
POZ POZ MINERALS 0.2 0.060 0.05 0.064 0.02 10227768
ACP AUDALIA RESOURCES 0.21 0.017 0.014 0.028 0.01 6527276.5
SUD SUDA PHARMACEUTICALS 0.21 0.017 0.014 0.028 0.014 19542808
SCI SILVER CITY MINERALS 0.2 0.047 0.039 0.067 0.015 8636383
MSR MANAS RESOUCES 0.2 0.006 0.005 0.007 0.0025 15858975
KAS KASBAH RESOURCES 0.2 0.018 0.015 0.025 0.011 16710593
RBR RBR GROUP 0.2 0.018 0.015 0.02 0.004 10152578
DKM DUKETON MINING 0.19 0.275 0.23 0.275 0.1 27892124
BEM BLACKEARTH MINERALS 0.12 0.23 0.205 0.25 0.175 12764955
VRC VOLT RESOURCES 0.19 0.037 0.031 0.056 0.015 50629072
DM1 DIRECTMONEY 0.19 0.031 0.026 0.075 0.019 13674711
DTS DRAGONTAIL SYSTEMS 0.21 0.315 0.26 0.35 0.18 59780000
AHQ ALLEGIANCE COAL 0.19 0.05 0.042 0.051 0.019 19676062
POS POSEIDON NICKEL 0.17 0.049 0.042 0.063 0.018 49524820
SBR SABRE RESOURCES 0.18 0.026 0.022 0.028 0.008 7041222.5

ASX Small Cap Losers Jan 19-25

At the other end of the table, investors dumped shares in shell company Zyber Holdings which had been seen as a potential blockchain play.

The shares closed down 48 per cent for the week after Peter Wall, a partner at Perth law firm Steinepreis Paganin, stepped down to be replaced by mining executive Bernard Crawford.

Zyber shares (ASX:ZYB) began to rocket in December from 1.2c to a year-high of 4.6c on the back of speculation it was going to be a reverse takeover vehicle for a blockchain business.

The shares close Thursday at 2.3c.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for Jan 19-25:

ASX code Name Change Jan 19-25 Price Jan 25 Price Jan 19 52wk High 52wk Low Market Cap
PPY PAPYRUS AUSTRALIA -0.17 0.015 0.018 0.05 0.004 3287242.75
PM1 PURE MINERALS -0.17 0.02 0.024 0.031 0.018 5412581
USA URANIUMSA -0.17 0.01 0.012 0.014 0.006 3966174
HE8 HELIOS ENERGY -0.17 0.055 0.066 0.075 0.014 77861808
CT1 CCP TECHNOLOGIES -0.18 0.029 0.035 0.047 0.0136 10840031
BYH BRYAH RESOURCES -0.18 0.12 0.145 0.25 0.12 7889017
SFH SPECIALTY FASHION GROUP -0.19 0.18 0.22 0.655 0.1 38447224
ZIP ZIPTEL -0.19 0.036 0.044 0.086 0.014 5390420
CDT CASTLE MINERALS -0.19 0.022 0.027 0.085 0.01 5101307.5
ICT ICOLLEGE -0.19 0.07 0.086 0.0945 0.007 14553734
IDA INDIANA RESOURCES -0.19 0.061 0.075 0.145 0.0483 3501727.25
HEG HILL END GOLD -0.22 0.145 0.185 0.23 0.025 22814594
AVW AVIRA RESOURCES -0.2 0.017 0.021 0.14 0.0028 6431667
SUH SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE MINING -0.2 0.105 0.13 0.22 0.03 11067697
DGO DGO GOLD -0.2 0.705 0.88 2.45 0.21 7445768.5
ADV ARDIDEN -0.2 0.024 0.03 0.037 0.011 25115934
CUL CULLEN RESOURCES -0.2 0.002 0.0025 0.004 0.001 6496400
KTE K2 ENERGY -0.2 0.008 0.01 0.02 0.007 1936884.625
MRQ MRG METALS -0.2 0.008 0.01 0.0163 0.0036 4408577
ROG RED SKY ENERGY -0.2 0.004 0.005 0.05 0.0035 2434911.75
SPB SOUTH PACIFIC RESOURCES -0.2 0.016 0.02 0.04 0.009 2648245
CZR COZIRON RESOURCES -0.2 0.02 0.025 0.037 0.01 39282128
KRS KRESTA HOLDINGS -0.21 0.039 0.049 0.16 0.039 5860082
OKR OKAPI RESOURCES -0.23 0.63 0.82 0.875 0.27 26404008
PVE PO VALLEY ENERGY -0.24 0.048 0.063 0.11 0.022 24916926
SPQ SUPERIOR RESOURCES -0.33 0.014 0.021 0.025 0.005 8806961
EUC EUROPEAN COBALT -0.22 0.105 0.135 0.295 0.014 91403680
JDR JADAR LITHIUM -0.25 0.022 0.029 0.34 0.022 8959202
EMP EMPEROR ENERGY -0.25 0.003 0.004 0.0054 0.002 2597573.25
MED MERLIN DIAMONDS -0.25 0.006 0.008 0.0225 0.004 20330796
WCN WHITE CLIFF MINERALS -0.25 0.003 0.004 0.0089 0.002 8697650
NVA NOVA MINERALS -0.26 0.041 0.055 0.064 0.005 30611348
LSR LODESTAR MINERALS -0.27 0.025 0.034 0.037 0.007 16530497
VIP VOLTAGE IP -0.27 0.044 0.06 0.12 0.04 16016550
HDY HARDEY RESOURCES -0.32 0.011 0.016 0.052 0.007 9990250
ADX ADX ENERGY -0.34 0.012 0.018 0.019 0.011 13279577
MEM MEMPHASYS 0.33 0.002 0.0015 0.004 0.0007 4449642.5
AAJ ARUMA RESOURCES -0.34 0.022 0.033 0.043 0.006 9610047
FYI FYI RESOURCES -0.36 0.09 0.14 0.15 0.02 14028117
ZYB ZYBER HOLDINGS -0.48 0.023 0.044 0.046 0.004 14905808