Two hot air balloons were forced to make crash landings in Melbourne today within minutes of each other. No one was hurt. Pic: Hannah and Sarah Bailey via Twitter

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 CodeNameIntraday Price Change Price 12:15pm (EST)VolumeMarket Cap
QTG Q Technology Group +60.00%0.01100k$1.2M
BNO Bionomics +54.17%0.1910.6M$100.8M
SM8 Smart Marine Systems +50.00%0.02656.0k$3.1M
AUH AustChina Holdings +33.33%0.0041.0M$4.5M
TV2 TV2U International +33.33%0.019.0M$17.0M
BEE Broo +25.00%0.05812.4k$34.0M
QGL Quantum Graphite +25.00%0.0025328.4k$18.7M
AZI Alta Zinc +20.00%0.0130.0k$8.2M
RIM Rimfire Pacific Mining NL+20.00%0.011.0M$6.4M
SHH Shree Minerals +20.00%0.0160.0k$3.6M
TSC Twenty Seven Co +20.00%0.01234.1k$5.4M
WCN White Cliff Minerals +20.00%0.011.8M$2.1M
KP2 Kore Potash PLC+18.00%0.0620.0k$50.7M
SAU Southern Gold +17.86%0.177.6k$9.2M
FPL Fremont Petroleum+16.67%0.011.1M$8.6M
MTH Mithril Resources +16.67%0.017.1M$3.0M
CWL Chant West Holdings +16.36%0.0616.2k$7.9M
JCS JCurve Solutions +16.00%0.03716.0k$9.5M
LPD Lepidico +15.79%0.0235.2M$73.8M
AVZ AVZ Minerals +14.63%0.0516.8M$85.0M
PSA Petsec Energy +14.58%0.112.5k$40.5M
SUR Sun Resources NL+14.29%0.004500.0k$3.4M
ESH eSports Mogul Asia Pacific +13.33%0.02508.5k$20.3M
MOH Moho Resources NL+13.04%0.13541.7k$5.5M
POD Podium Minerals +12.50%0.06110.0k$6.0M
DHR Dark Horse Resources +12.50%0.004550.0k$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 CodeNameLast pricePercentage changeMarket capVolume
CGM Cougar Metals NL0.001-50.00%$978,0003.0M
OGX Orinoco Gold Ltd0.004-33.33%$5,600,0003.2M
PCL Pancontinental Oil & Gas NL0.0015-25.00%$8,100,0001.0M
ROG Red Sky Energy Ltd0.002-20.00%$1,600,0001.4M
PMY Pacifico Minerals Ltd0.004-20.00%$6,600,000120.0k
BUYBounty Oil & Gas0.004-20%$4,800,000750.0k
BEE Broo Ltd0.05-19.70%$30,900,000420.2k
AWV Anova Metals Ltd0.01-18.18%$5,800,0003.4M
ABV Advanced Braking Technology Lt0.01-17.65%$4,200,000857.1k
MXI MaxiTRANS Industries Ltd0.45-16.67%$83,300,000296.3k
VKA Viking Mines Ltd0.01-16.67%$3,100,00019.5k
LNY Laneway Resources Ltd0.005-16.67%$18,400,00017.1M
CZR Coziron Resources Ltd0.01-16.67%$17,900,000100.0k
COY Coppermoly Ltd0.005-16.67%$8,600,000625.0k
ANL Amani Gold Ltd0.0025-16.67%$5,500,0001.4M
NXM Nexus Minerals Ltd0.06-14.29%$5,300,00040.0k
FTT Factor Therapeutics Ltd0.003-14.29%$3,100,000125.0k
VN8 Vonex Ltd0.13-13.79%$18,600,000176.0k
TKL Traka Resources Ltd0.01-13.33%$4,300,000375.0k
TYX Tyranna Resources Ltd0.01-12.50%$1,900,000195.7k
POH Phosphagenics

 

  • Two hot air balloons were forced to make crash landings in Melbourne today within minutes of each other. No one was hurt. Pic: Hannah and Sarah Bailey via Twitter