After a lacklustre session for US stocks, the ASX Small Ords — the benchmark for Australian small cap performance — was up 1.22 per cent to 2,685.3 around 12pm AEST, continuing its stellar run in the new year.

Check out its performance over the past 6 months:

Here are the key ASX small cap winners and losers at lunch Thursday February 7:

Thru the Roof

Israel-based eSense-Lab (ASX:ESE)  will sell up to 5 million bottles of its e-Juice (used for vaping) each year under a new multi-year North American distribution deal.

The quantum of the deal appeared to impress investors, with shares rocketing 60.7 per cent to an intra-day peak of 4.5c on Thursday.

eSense makes synthetic terpenes, fragrant oils found in plants that carry flavour and aroma.

They carry the pungent odour of cannabis and offer some medicinal properties — but they don’t contain THC, the compound that gets you stoned, or cannabidiol (CBD), another restricted element in cannabis.

And here’s a nearology play that might have actually found something;  E2 Metals’ (ASX:E2M) share price is at 10-month highs after the explorer found super high-grade surface samples at a gold and silver project in Argentina.

Rock chip sampling yielded grades of up to 7.46 grams per tonne gold and 7510 grams per tonne silver at E2’s (ASX:E2M) Veta Blanca prospect, just 20km from the mammoth Cerro Vanguardia mine owned by AngloGold Ashanti. Look:

Rock sample with 6870 grams per tonne of silver.

High Purity Alumina hopeful Pure Alumina (ASX:PUA) was also up over 20 per cent to 4.1c on… no news.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Thursday, Feb 7

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ASX code Company % Change Last Price Volume Market Cap (Million $AU]
NVO Nvoi 50.00% $0.006 4,740,208 $1.66
MNC Metminco 50.00% $0.003 1,229,069 $2.27
CIO Connected IO 50.00% $0.003 1,356,800 $3.63
NOR Norwood Systems 33.33% $0.004 1,008,166 $4.33
CXZ Connexion Telematics 30.00% $0.013 3,558,701 $8.42
ESE Esense-Lab 28.57% $0.036 33,691,239 $3.96
S66 Star Combo Pharma 23.64% $0.680 170,266 $43.80
PUA Pure Alumina 23.53% $0.042 912,087 $5.82
OGX Orinoco Gold 20.00% $0.006 387,500 $6.79
E2M E2 Metals 20.00% $0.120 490,000 $5.40

Going Dooown

Sport tech company Catapult Group (ASX:CAT) sank about 20 per cent to 63.5c after chief executive Joe Powell announced his resignation.

Despite growing revenue in the last financial year the stock has been hammered, falling from highs of $1.80 in February last year.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Thursday feb 7

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ASX code Company % Change Last Price Volume Market Cap (Million $AU]
CLZ Classic Minerals -50.00% $0.001 1,965,667 $5.43
DTR Dateline Resources -33.33% $0.002 64,000 $2.17
GPP Greenpower Energy -33.33% $0.002 167,000 $4.70
OVL Oro Verde -25.00% $0.003 1,144,142 $6.22
CCE Carnegie Clean Energy -25.00% $0.003 45,186,696 $11.50
RD1 Registry Direct -21.43% $0.011 10,000 $1.10
KYK Kyckr -17.46% $0.052 40,000 $9.51
AOA Ausmon Resources -20.00% $0.004 965,000 $2.62
GGX Gas2grid -20.00% $0.004 30,000 $4.82
CAT Catapult Group International -19.11% $0.635 3,324,274 $149.90