Utah’s Wah Wah Springs — the supervolcano with an adorable name and a deadly past — was 30 times bigger than the legendary Yellowstone, which last erupted more than 640,000 years ago.

(Some reckon we’re overdue another big one, but as one expert says  — that could be “500,000 years from now or a week from Tuesday”. Makes it hard to plan for.)

Wah Wah’s last tantrum was also 5,000 times larger than the 1980s eruption of Mount St Helens, which killed 57 people, reduced hundreds of square miles to wasteland, and deposited ash in 11 US states.

And it is considered to be dormant, but not extinct. Yeah, we all know how this movie ends.

WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Thursday February 13:

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CODE NAME PRICE % CHANGE MARKET CAP
CCE Carnegie Clean Energy 0.0015 +50.00% $16.7M
PCL Pancontinental Oil & Gas 0.002 +33.33% $10.8M
RLC Reedy Lagoon 0.004 +33.33% $1.6M
GLN Galan Lithium 0.26 +30.00% $42.0M
EMT eMetals 0.015 +25.00% $5.8M
BUY Bounty Oil & Gas 0.005 +25.00% $4.8M
MTB Mount Burgess Mining 0.0025 +25.00% $1.3M
NWE Norwest Energy 0.005 +25.00% $23.2M
SER Strategic Energy Resources 0.005 +25.00% $4.8M
ONX Orminex 0.08 +21.21% $43.1M
AEV Avenira 0.012 +20.00% $5.3M
AHL AHAlife Holdings 0.006 +20.00% $6.1M
DHR Dark Horse Resources 0.003 +20.00% $7.4M
EVE EVE Investments 0.006 +20.00% $18.2M
FTT Factor Therapeutics 0.003 +20.00% $3.1M
GGX Gas2Grid 0.003 +20.00% $3.8M
KMT Kopore Metals 0.006 +20.00% $3.9M
A3D Aurora Labs 0.18 +20.00% $18.7M
ROO Roots Sustainable Agricultural 0.04 +19.44% $5.9M

 

A lot of movement on no news today, led by struggling wave farmer Carnegie Clean Energy (ASX:CCE) +50 per cent, Pancontinental Oil and Gas (ASX:PCL) +33 per cent, and Galan Lithium (ASX:GLN) +30 per cent.

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The only major mover to release something this morning was ‘cannabis-adjacent’ small cap Roots Sustainable Agriculture (ASX:ROO), which signed a distribution agreement into Italy for its temperature-optimisation indoor farming tech.

Roots said the deal offered “clearly defined sales targets totalling €3,500,000 (+$5.6m)” through to 2023.

Shares – which are down 58 per cent over the past year — rose ~20 per cent to 4.2c in early trade.

 

LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Thursday February 13:

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CODE NAME PRICE % CHANGE MARKET CAP
JPR Jupiter Energy 0.004 -60.00% $614K
ABT Abundant Produce 0.02 -44.74% $1.8M
KP2 Kore Potash 0.02 -33.33% $13.7M
SGC SACGASCO 0.02 -29.03% $7.0M
AQX Alice Queen 0.04 -25.93% $32.4M
YPB YPB Group 0.003 -25.00% $5.1M
ICG Inca Minerals 0.0015 -25.00% $6.1M
GTE Great Western Exploration 0.003 -25.00% $4.3M
HHM Hampton Hill Mining 0.03 -21.88% $7.4M
IPT Impact Minerals 0.011 -21.43% $14.5M
WNB Wellness and Beauty Solutions 0.004 -20.00% $4.1M
FPL Fremont Petroleum 0.004 -20.00% $6.7M
BNL Big Star Energy 0.0065 -18.75% $4.8M
RIM Rimfire Pacific Mining 0.0025 -16.67% $3.8M
HWK Hawkstone Mining 0.005 -16.67% $4.1M
GGE Grand Gulf Energy 0.005 -16.67% $1.9M
EPM Eclipse Uranium 0.005 -16.67% $6.2M
JHL Jayex Healthcare 0.02 -15.38% $4.0M
BIT Biotron 0.12 -14.29% $87.7M

 

Biotron (ASX:BIT) – which is currently testing some of its compounds against coronavirus – dropped 14.2 per cent in morning trade.

This comes as the fight against the virus “takes a turn for the worse”, according to CBS, with the Chinese reporting 242 new deaths and 14,840 new cases in the Hubei province. Go figure.

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