The Tasmanian thylacine has been extinct for over 80 years, or so they say. But in the last three years one state government department has received eight reports of sightings in the Tassie wilderness.

One cyclist reckons they spotted one on a “misty, overcast day”.

“As I live in a rural area of Mudgee, I am accustomed to coming across most animals working on rural farms, etc … but I have never come across an animal anything close to what I saw in Tasmania that day.”

Dramatic. However, all of these are just hearsay evidence – the department doesn’t think they’re good enough to investigate.

Today on the markets, the ASX Small Ords is up 0.74 per cent to 2,872 and the ASX 200 is up 0.65 per cent to 6,695.

This came despite the Westpac-Melbourne Institute Leading Index falling from -0.24 per cent to -0.92 per cent in September. Perhaps the markets believe there will be another interest rate cut, but Westpac now believes it’ll happen in December.

Going up

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies (ASX:ROO) announced its cooling technology helped double its yield of cannabis flowers. It’s up 13 per cent.

Bass Metals (ASX:BSM) also gained 13 per cent off the back of strong graphite production at its Madagascar mine.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Wednesday October 16:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
CMD Cassius Mining Ltd 0.009 +28.57% $2.6M 1.5M
CCJ County International Ltd 0.005 +25.00% $1.2M 200.0k
MMM Marley Spoon AG 0.46 +22.97% $67.6M 29.5k
ANL Amani Gold Ltd 0.003 +20.00% $15.6M 1.9M
IMS Impelus Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $4.2M 324.3k
YPB YPB Group Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $9.0M 416.7k
SDX Sienna Cancer Diagnostics Ltd 0.05 +20.00% $15.9M 56.2k
UNL United Networks Ltd 0.03 +20.00% $3.8M 518.0k
AXE Archer Exploration Ltd 0.16 +18.52% $31.5M 2.0M
FHS Freehill Mining Ltd 0.014 +16.67% $11.4M 961.2k
HSC HomeStay Care Ltd 0.007 +16.67% $5.8M 931.7k
FSG Field Solutions Holdings Ltd 0.03 +16.00% $12.5M 328.2k
KEY Key Petroleum Ltd 0.008 +14.29% $13.5M 1.7M
SPT Splitit Payments Ltd 0.98 +13.29% $301.4M 23.6M
ROO Roots Sustainable Agricultural 0.05 +12.77% $5.1M 3.5M
BSM Bass Metals Ltd 0.009 +12.50% $25.3M 1.3M
OVL Oro Verde Ltd 0.009 +12.50% $18.0M 1.3M
SVA Simavita Ltd 0.009 +12.50% $3.8M 3.0k
ADR Adherium Ltd 0.05 +12.20% $8.0M 80.0k
KTG K-TIG Ltd 0.38 +11.76% $54.2M 7.9M

Going down

Adcorp Australia (ASX:AAU) announced earlier this week it is seeking to delist from the ASX and its down 18 per cent as shareholders scramble to get out.

Predictive Discovery (ASX:PDI) fell off 17 per cent off the back of a capital raise.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at lunchtime, Wednesday October 16:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
CIO Connected IO Ltd 0.003 -25.00% $5.5M 1.1M
AQD AusQuest Ltd 0.014 -22.22% $7.7M 1.5M
TRL Tanga Resources Ltd 0.002 -20.00% $3.2M 11.3M
RIM Rimfire Pacific Mining NL 0.004 -20.00% $5.4M 3.1M
AAJ Aruma Resources Ltd 0.004 -20.00% $2.6M 100.0k
FFG Fatfish Blockchain Ltd 0.009 -18.18% $6.7M 3.3M
CNJ Conico Ltd 0.009 -18.18% $3.5M 262.3k
AAU Adcorp Australia Ltd 0.009 -18.18% $4.1M 368.5k
WCN White Cliff Minerals Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $2.4M 125.0k
SHE Stonehorse Energy Ltd 0.01 -16.67% $4.0M 100.0k
PDI Predictive Discovery Ltd 0.01 -16.67% $3.0M 4.8M
MTH Mithril Resources Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $2.5M 500.0k
LNY Laneway Resources Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $18.6M 33
ANW Aus Tin Mining Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $5.9M 2.9M
RPM RPM Automotive Group Ltd/AU 0.13 -16.13% $11.6M 541
AJL AJ Lucas Group Ltd 0.1 -16.00% $78.8M 15.0k
AHZ Admedus Ltd 0.06 -15.71% $34.9M 2.1M
FTT Factor Therapeutics Ltd 0.003 -14.29% $3.1M 4.0M
DW8 Digital Wine Ventures Ltd 0.006 -14.29% $5.4M 1.9M