For those partial to the online dating game, Tinder is introducing a new feature: the panic button.

From next week, users in the US will be able to use the new function, which automatically alerts authorities if things start to get creepy.

Access will be granted through a separate app — Noonlight — that Tinder recently made an investment in.

And speaking of panic, we’d be remiss if we didn’t send you into the weekend with an update on China’s coronavirus outbreak.

Chinese health authorities say the number of reported cases has now reached 830, with 25 deaths. Along with the epicentre city of Wuhan, two other large cities — Huanggang and Ezhou — have now been placed into lockdown.

The potential spread of the virus has now reached Sydney, with reports that a person has been placed into quarantine at an unknown hospital for further testing.

On that bright note we turn to markets, and the ASX200 shrugged off any concerns about a global health threat as it climbed to 7,110 points into midday trade, a gain of 0.31 per cent. The Small Ords index was 0.15 per cent higher at 3,059.70 points.

 

WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Friday January 24:

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Code Name Price % Chg Volume
CCE Carnegie Clean Energy Ltd 0.0015 +50.00% 650.0k
RIM Rimfire Pacific Mining NL 0.003 +50.00% 2.1M
DDT DataDot Technology Ltd 0.01 +50.00% 6.3M
IMR Imricor Medical Systems Inc 1.4 +29.03% 1.5M
CZN Corazon Mining Ltd 0.0045 +28.57% 56.2M
ROG Red Sky Energy Ltd 0.0025 +25.00% 65.0k
BUY Bounty Oil & Gas NL 0.005 +25.00% 100.0k
MGT Magnetite Mines Ltd 0.005 +25.00% 125.0k
DVL DorsaVi Ltd 0.03 +22.22% 70.0k
POW Protean Energy Ltd 0.01 +20.00% 500.0k
SMI Santana Minerals Ltd 0.01 +20.00% 10.5M
REV Real Estate Investar Group Ltd 0.01 +18.18% 85.0k
MEU Marmota Ltd 0.03 +17.86% 1.3M
JDR Jadar Resources Ltd 0.01 +16.67% 7.4M
ALT Analytica Ltd 0.0035 +16.67% 700.0k
UBN Urbanise.com Ltd 0.07 +16.67% 1.3M
PMY Pacifico Minerals Ltd 0.01 +16.67% 2.3M
RAG Ragnar Metals Ltd 0.01 +16.67% 20.7k
AV1 AdVeritas Ltd 0.27 +16.13% 1.7M
PKD Parkd Ltd 0.08 +15.94% 104.2k
SF1 STEMify Ltd 0.03 +15.38% 417.8k
TAR Taruga Minerals Ltd 0.02 +15.38% 71.4k
CEL Challenger Exploration Ltd 0.19 +15.15% 6.6M

 

Imricor Medical Systems Inc (ASX:IMR)

The biotech company held its gains into midday trade, after getting CE Mark approval from European regulators for its catheter ablation technology — a process to stop abnormal electrical pathways in the heart tissue. The approval will allow Imricor to sell its products to registered clinics across the European Union.

LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Friday January 24:

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Code Name Price % Chg Volume
EMT eMetals Ltd 0.01 -70.00% 339.1k
VMG VDM Group Ltd 0.002 -50.00% 840.0k
AUH AustChina Holdings Ltd 0.003 -25.00% 100.0k
ANL Amani Gold Ltd 0.0015 -25.00% 646.5k
ESK Etherstack PLC 0.2 -21.57% 8.0k
MBK Metal Bank Ltd 0.01 -14.29% 77.9k
LNY Laneway Resources Ltd 0.01 -14.29% 75.0k
CZL Consolidated Zinc Ltd 0.01 -14.29% 6.9M
TLM Talisman Mining Ltd 0.09 -14.00% 521.5k
AER Aeeris Ltd 0.13 -13.33% 81.9k
SKN Skin Elements Ltd 0.01 -13.33% 70.5k
MOQ MOQ Ltd 0.2 -12.77% 46.9k
CRO Cirralto Ltd 0.01 -12.50% 5.5M
AIV ActivEX Ltd 0.11 -12.00% 21.6k
CAP Carpentaria Resources Ltd 0.03 -11.76% 100.0k
PWN Parkway Minerals NL 0.01 -11.11% 10.3M
OVL Oro Verde Ltd 0.01 -11.11% 151.0k
ENT Enterprise Metals Ltd 0.01 -11.11% 330.0k

Etherstack (ASX:ESK)

Shares in Etherstack slumped sharply after the company released its 4C filing for the December quarter. While it came without comment, the numbers showed that the company only has $US931,000 ($1.36m) in cash but estimates $US1.4m ($2.05m) in outflows next quarter.

The company announced a $520,000 order from Ergon Energy to the market just three minutes later but it failed to prevent the stock falling.