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Here are the key ASX small cap winners and losers at lunchtime Thursday July 12.

The ASX Small Ords index was up 13 points or 0.48 per cent to 2,850.6 at 1pm AEST.

Lithium producer Anson Resources (ASX:ASN) soared 27 per cent this morning after producing the first lithium carbonate from its Paradox project in Utah.

About $3.5 million worth of shares changed hands by midday, pushing the price as high as 18.5c.

The junior explorer is up 1700 per cent since mid-August.

Anson told investors it had produced its first lithium carbonate product from the Cane Creek 32-1 brine during early test work.

Battery-grade lithium carbonate is used to make cathode material for lithium-ion batteries.

The latest data would help fine-tune the process to produce a battery grade product and ultimately the production of a final pilot plant design.

Drone engine maker Orbital (ASX:OEC) is back in the black, announcing a $1.8 million net profit after tax as part of its preliminary 2018 results.

Investors loved the news, pushing the shares up 34 per cent to 47c by midday.

The stock, which is capped at $27 million, has traded between 33c and 68c in the past year.

Perth-based Orbital performs engine development and testing for tactical drone units and has offices in Australia and the US.

It set up a drone facility at Hood River in the US state of Oregon last year.

Its clients include Boeing subsidiary Insitu, for which Orbital designed N20 drone engine to be used in the US military’s ScanEagle drones.

According to the company’s preliminary unaudited results for the 2018 financial year, Orbital has delivered on guidance to hit the $22 million revenue mark.

Lithium explorer Sayona Mining (ASX:SYA) continued its recent upward journey after telling investors this week that drilling would start in August at its 1818 sq km project in the Pilgangoora district of Western Australia.

Government permits had been granted and the project had won a government grant of up to $150,000 on drilling costs.

The stock was up 16 per cent to 4.3c just before 1pm AEST.

That’s up from 2.4c a week ago.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12.15pm AEST Thursday, July 12. 

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ASX codeCompanyToday's change (12.20pm)Price (12.20pm)VolumeMarket Cap
QTGQ TECHNOLOGY0.50.031k924.3k
PGIPANTERRA GOLD0.4666666666670.04416k3.9M
CELCHALLENGER ENERG0.3750.011300k3.1M
OECORBITAL CORP0.3428571428570.4771k27.1M
SMASMARTTRANS0.3333333333330.004200k19.7M
SBRSABRE RES0.3076923076920.017945k4.8M
TKFTIKFORCE0.250.0053M775.5k
HDYHARDEY RESOURCES0.250.0053M6.1M
CUXCROSSLAND STRATE0.250.005140k4.0M
MSEMETALSEARCH0.250.015155k4.7M
EM1EMERGE GAMING0.2307692307690.016100k7.6M
SPBSOUTH PACIFIC RE0.20.00685k827.6k
PCLPANCONTINENTAL0.20.0062M26.3M
MLSMETALS AUSTRALIA0.20.006924k11.7M
BKPBARAKA ENERGY0.20.0063M13.5M
AZIALTA ZINC0.20.006250k6.8M
AULAUSTAR GOLD0.20.006620k9.5M
SMDSYNDICATED METAL0.1666666666670.00770k3.8M
SYASAYONA MINING0.1621621621620.04311M63.5M
AAPAUSTRALIAN AGRIC0.160.0292M3.8M
ASNANSON RESOURCES0.1586206896550.16819M60.7M
HCOHYLEA METALS0.1428571428570.008218k19.6M
MEBMEDIBIO0.1428571428570.16227k28.4M
VICVICTORY MINES0.1250.0092M9.8M
SPXSPECTRUM RARE EARTHS0.1250.009250k5.7M

GOING DOWN

Papua New Guinea-focused gold explorer Gold Mountain (ASX:GMN) fell 21 per cent after a disappointing update from its Crown Ridge site in the country’s central Enga province.

“The anticipated quartz-pyrite veins were rarely seen” in drill holes, the company said.

Testing of drill cores “were mostly” less than 0.10 gram of gold per tonne. The highest grade was 0.66 g/t.

High-grade gold is usually considered to be 5g/t or higher.

“These results, and the lack of significant veining seen in the drill core, have downgraded the potential of a structurally-controlled high grade style of mineralisation at Crown Ridge,” the company said.

Further lab tests were underway.

Take-over target Sino Gas and Energy (ASX:SEH) was sold down this morning after telling investors it had decreased its estimates of resources and reserves.

Typically “reserves” refer to oil or gas discoveries that are commercially recoverable using existing technology, while “resources” are not yet commercially viable or are mere speculation.

The shares fell 20 per cent to an intraday low of 18c.

China-focused Sino has agreed to be taken over by US private equity giant Lone Star at 25c a share. The proposed acquisition was on track with a shareholder meeting due in September.

Sino said resources had decreased between 4 per cent and 28 per cent. Reserves were down 56 per cent.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12.15pm AEST Wednesday, July 12. 

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ASX codeCompanyToday's change (12.20pm)Price (12.20pm)VolumeMarket Cap
RRSRANGE RESOURCES-0.250.003646k30.4M
GMNGOLD MOUNTAIN-0.2105263157890.075100k48.9M
SERSTRATEGIC ENERGY-0.20.0041M4.2M
OAROAKDALE RESOURCES-0.1904761904760.01724k1.4M
VLSVITA LIFE SCIENC-0.1823899371070.6517143.6M
WOFWOLF PETROLEUM-0.1818181818180.009390k7.9M
TARTARUGA MINERALS-0.1428571428570.21390k33.4M
CZLCONSOLIDATED ZINC-0.1428571428570.0061k6.4M
RMXRED MOUNTAIN-0.1250.0071M5.4M
MRQMRG METALS-0.1250.0074M5.3M
MEDMERLIN DIAMONDS-0.1250.0074M24.9M
CTMCENTAURUS METALS-0.1250.0071M18.4M
SPQSUPERIOR RESOURC-0.1111111111110.00820k6.2M
CZNCORAZON MINING-0.1111111111110.0082M11.4M
CIOCONNECTED IO-0.1111111111110.0081M8.0M
VMLVITAL METALS-0.10.009100k17.4M
RBRRBR GROUP-0.10.00990k7.0M
PILPEPPERMINT INNOV-0.09523809523810.0191M20.0M
WRMWHITE ROCK MINER-0.09090909090910.015M16.1M
FEIFE INVESTMENTS-0.08695652173910.105302k17.2M
RESRESOURCE GENERAT-0.08333333333330.044222k27.9M
AZMAZUMAH RES-0.08333333333330.0221M18.8M
AFRAFRICAN ENERGY-0.08333333333330.022131k15.0M
TOUTLOU ENERGY-0.08333333333330.11300k43.6M
HASHASTINGS TECH-0.0784313725490.2358k181.4M