Is that horror run in late 2018 becoming a distant memory for investors?

The recovery of the ASX Small Ords continues — up 12 points or 0.44 per cent to 2,738.20 at 12pm AEST, its highest point since early October 2018.

Here are the key ASX small cap winners at lunch Monday February 18:

GOING UP

Bionomics, one of a number of biotechs decimated by negative clinical trial results last year, says its apparently failed PTSD drug might work after all.

Shares in Bionomics (ASX:BNO) flew 75 per cent this morning to a high of 21c, its highest point since early October.

The drug BNC210 was supposed to improve the quality of life for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, but in October the company said the trial failed to show clear beneficial effects on improving PTSD symptoms – sending the stock down 68 per cent in a single day.

Trail-blazing lithium chemical company Lepidico (ASX:LPD) was up almost 16 per cent after announcing exclusive rights over a new tech to make lithium hydroxide – which attracts a premium price from battery makers.

Other winners by midday included explorer Austar Gold (ASX:AUL), up 25 per cent, and beer maker Broo (ASX:BEE), up 22 per cent.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Monday February 18:   

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ASX Code Name Intraday Price Change Price 12:15pm (EST) Volume Market Cap
QTG Q Technology Group +60.00% 0.01 100k $1.2M
BNO Bionomics +54.17% 0.19 10.6M $100.8M
SM8 Smart Marine Systems +50.00% 0.02 656.0k $3.1M
AUH AustChina Holdings +33.33% 0.004 1.0M $4.5M
TV2 TV2U International +33.33% 0.01 9.0M $17.0M
BEE Broo +25.00% 0.05 812.4k $34.0M
QGL Quantum Graphite +25.00% 0.0025 328.4k $18.7M
AZI Alta Zinc +20.00% 0.01 30.0k $8.2M
RIM Rimfire Pacific Mining NL +20.00% 0.01 1.0M $6.4M
SHH Shree Minerals +20.00% 0.01 60.0k $3.6M
TSC Twenty Seven Co +20.00% 0.01 234.1k $5.4M
WCN White Cliff Minerals +20.00% 0.01 1.8M $2.1M
KP2 Kore Potash PLC +18.00% 0.06 20.0k $50.7M
SAU Southern Gold +17.86% 0.17 7.6k $9.2M
FPL Fremont Petroleum +16.67% 0.01 1.1M $8.6M
MTH Mithril Resources +16.67% 0.01 7.1M $3.0M
CWL Chant West Holdings +16.36% 0.06 16.2k $7.9M
JCS JCurve Solutions +16.00% 0.03 716.0k $9.5M
LPD Lepidico +15.79% 0.02 35.2M $73.8M
AVZ AVZ Minerals +14.63% 0.05 16.8M $85.0M
PSA Petsec Energy +14.58% 0.11 2.5k $40.5M
SUR Sun Resources NL +14.29% 0.004 500.0k $3.4M
ESH eSports Mogul Asia Pacific +13.33% 0.02 508.5k $20.3M
MOH Moho Resources NL +13.04% 0.13 541.7k $5.5M
POD Podium Minerals +12.50% 0.06 110.0k $6.0M
DHR Dark Horse Resources +12.50% 0.0045 50.0k $8.9M

GOING DOWN

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers (ASX:KPT) dropped 13 per cent after completing a $10 million placement at $2 per share.

This represented a 14.9 per cent discount to the last close price, and 5-day volume weighted average price of $2.35.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Monday February 18:   

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ASX Code Name Last price Percentage change Market cap Volume
CGM Cougar Metals NL 0.001 -50.00% $978,000 3.0M
OGX Orinoco Gold Ltd 0.004 -33.33% $5,600,000 3.2M
PCL Pancontinental Oil & Gas NL 0.0015 -25.00% $8,100,000 1.0M
ROG Red Sky Energy Ltd 0.002 -20.00% $1,600,000 1.4M
PMY Pacifico Minerals Ltd 0.004 -20.00% $6,600,000 120.0k
BUY Bounty Oil & Gas 0.004 -20% $4,800,000 750.0k
BEE Broo Ltd 0.05 -19.70% $30,900,000 420.2k
AWV Anova Metals Ltd 0.01 -18.18% $5,800,000 3.4M
ABV Advanced Braking Technology Lt 0.01 -17.65% $4,200,000 857.1k
MXI MaxiTRANS Industries Ltd 0.45 -16.67% $83,300,000 296.3k
VKA Viking Mines Ltd 0.01 -16.67% $3,100,000 19.5k
LNY Laneway Resources Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $18,400,000 17.1M
CZR Coziron Resources Ltd 0.01 -16.67% $17,900,000 100.0k
COY Coppermoly Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $8,600,000 625.0k
ANL Amani Gold Ltd 0.0025 -16.67% $5,500,000 1.4M
NXM Nexus Minerals Ltd 0.06 -14.29% $5,300,000 40.0k
FTT Factor Therapeutics Ltd 0.003 -14.29% $3,100,000 125.0k
VN8 Vonex Ltd 0.13 -13.79% $18,600,000 176.0k
TKL Traka Resources Ltd 0.01 -13.33% $4,300,000 375.0k
TYX Tyranna Resources Ltd 0.01 -12.50% $1,900,000 195.7k
POH Phosphagenics

 

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