It’s been a chaotic morning in Mark Zuckerberg’s world, as both Facebook and Instagram suffered major outages.

But tech news didn’t feature heavily among ASX small caps, where mining and energy stocks were the main movers and shakers.

At 12pm AEST, the ASX Small Ords was up 11.3 points or 0.41 per cent to 2,775.3.

GOING UP

Lithium player Strike Minerals (ASX:SRK) was a big mover, jumping almost 40 per cent to 9 cents.

It follows an announcement yesterday that Strike has acquired a 90 per cent interest in 12,000 hectares of prospective lithium concessions in Argentina.

And Biotech company PharmAust (ASX: PAA) rose by 28 per cent to 4 cents after announcing a successful trial of its anti-cancer treatment for dogs.

Elsewhere, IoT company CCP Technologies (ASX: CT1) jumped by 33 per cent to 1.2 cents a share as the market responded positively to a sales update this morning.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocksĀ at 12.30pm, Thursday, March 14:

ASX CodeNameLast pricePercentage changeMarket capVolume
CLZ Classic Minerals Ltd0.00250%$4,500,0001.0M
SRK Strike Resources Ltd/Australia0.0938%$12,400,0002.4M
CT1 CCP Technologies Ltd0.0133%$5,400,0001.1M
KGM KalNorth Gold Mines Ltd0.00433%$3,600,000128.0k
LRS Latin Resources Ltd0.00233%$6,500,0005.9M
PNN PepinNini Lithium Ltd0.00433%$3,300,000125.0k
XST XState Resources Ltd0.00433%$4,600,000499.2k
HMX Hammer Metals Ltd0.02630%$7,200,0002.4M
PAA PharmAust Ltd0.04128%$9,500,0001.3M
STM Sunstone Metals Ltd0.04128%$51,000,00020.7M
AOU Auroch Minerals Ltd0.0825%$7,500,000310.0k
PRL Petrel Energy Ltd0.00525%$9,700,000325.0k
ADN Andromeda Metals Ltd0.00620%$8,100,00065.0k
PDI Predictive Discovery Ltd0.01220%$2,800,000507.2k
PMY Pacifico Minerals Ltd0.00620%$9,900,0002.0M
RMX Red Mountain Mining Ltd0.00620%$4,700,0005.4M
WCN White Cliff Minerals Ltd0.00620%$2,800,0002.5M
ENR Encounter Resources Ltd0.119%$27,500,0001.6M
AAJ Aruma Resources Ltd0.00617%$4,200,000285.7k
ANR Anatara Lifesciences Ltd0.4217%$20,800,00057.1k

GOING DOWN

A couple of mining minnows — VDM Group (ASX: VMG) and Auking Mining Ltd (ASX: AKN) led the small caps market lower today.

And oil & gas explorer Red Emperor (ASX: RMP) lost some momentum, after rocketing higher last week following an announcement on its Alaskan drilling operations.

Red Emperor promptly slumped by over 70 per cent yesterday following an update on in WINX drilling program, and slipped by another 24 per cent this morning.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocksĀ at 12.30pm, Thursday, March 14:

ASX CodeNameLast pricePercentage changeMarket capVolume
VMG VDM Group Ltd0.001-50%$6,300,000230.0k
AKN Auking Mining Ltd0.001-33%$933,0002.0M
ADV Ardiden Ltd0.003-25%$5,000,0001.0M
RMP Red Emperor Resources NL0.02-24%$8,400,00024.5M
XPE Xped Ltd0.002-20%$3,000,000285.0k
FTT Factor Therapeutics Ltd0.004-20%$4,200,000900.0k
ANL Amani Gold Ltd0.002-20%$7,000,00082.9k
IAM Intiger Group Ltd0.005-17%$10,100,00045.0k
FGO Flamingo AI Ltd0.005-17%$5,600,000657.0k
FYI FYI Resources Ltd0.06-15%$11,000,000152.4k
STN Saturn Metals Ltd0.17-15%$9,600,00068.0k
REF Reverse Corp Ltd0.017-15%$1,600,000171.2k
VEC Vector Resources Ltd0.012-14%$27,800,00013.1M
ELT Elementos Ltd0.006-14%$9,200,000250.0k
IAU Intrepid Mines Ltd0.3-14%$4,100,000515k
PM1 Pure Minerals Ltd0.013-13%$4,100,000148.9k
TPD Talon Petroleum Ltd0.004-13%$4,400,0006.3M
LSA Lachlan Star Ltd0.007-13%$5,300,00010.0k
CGS Cogstate Ltd0.3-12%$36,400,00019.5k