The sharp sell-off in global equities has been ‘indiscriminate’, says Oxford Economics. While downside risks still abound, this could present some interesting relative value opportunities.

Parts of Europe — particularly Germany and France — look to be oversold.

“Indeed, multiples for the Eurozone are now within touching distance of Eurozone-crisis averages, suggesting that a lot of bad news is in the price,” Oxford’s director of equity strategy Daniel Grosvenor says.

“Japan also appears well placed from a relative perspective – valuations are cheap versus history and Japan’s exposure to some of the key risks (particularly balance-sheet and oil) is relatively modest.

The most vulnerable market going forward is the US, Grosvenor says.

“Our analysis suggests it has rerated relative to the wider universe, despite heavy exposure to the underlying risks,” he says.

“Specifically, it is the epicentre of our concerns on corporate debt, could see significant downward revisions to earnings estimates in the worst-case pandemic scenario, and is relatively vulnerable to the underlying virus risk.”

 

WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Thursday March 19:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
ADJ Adslot Ltd 0.014 +40.00% $25.8M 1.9M
MEY Marenica Energy Ltd 0.04 +29.41% $5.0M 65.0k
CT1 CCP Technologies Ltd 0.02 +26.67% $21.6M 1.6M
DCC DigitalX Ltd 0.01 +25.00% $9.1M 1.2M
BUD Buddy Technologies Ltd 0.01 +25.00% $23.8M 3.2M
GBZ GBM Resources Ltd 0.06 +24.00% $12.0M 48.2k
TER Terracom Ltd 0.19 +23.33% $113.5M 225.9k
OLL OpenLearning Ltd 0.25 +22.50% $35.6M 2.9M
MNF MNF Group Ltd 3.61 +21.96% $297.4M 562.8k
EQE Equus Mining Ltd 0.01 +20.00% $8.5M 4.8M
MEB Medibio Ltd 0.01 +20.00% $6.0M 100.0k
MRG Murray River Organics Group Lt 0.01 +20.00% $26.5M 150.0k
TOE Toro Energy Ltd 0.01 +20.00% $15.7M 83.5k
FRM Farm Pride Foods Ltd 0.27 +17.39% $14.9M 108.8k
LNY Laneway Resources Ltd 0.0035 +16.67% $13.0M 150.0k
RBR RBR Group Ltd 0.01 +16.67% $5.5M 59.0k
BDA Bod Australia Ltd 0.15 +15.38% $13.7M 83.9k
NOR Norwood Systems Ltd 0.03 +15.38% $6.9M 1.5M
HCT Holista CollTech Ltd 0.1 +15.12% $26.9M 8.0M

 

Adslot (ASX:ADJ) founder and chairman Andrew Barlow has bought about $30,000 worth of shares in the ad-tech company on-market, sending the stock up 40 per cent in morning trade.

Earlier this week, Adslot told investors that while impacts to the business of COVID-19 were modest at present, there was “material uncertainty” over the short and medium term.

The company said it had taken pre-emptive steps to reduce cash outflows for the remainder of FY20, which included cutting director fees and contractor costs.

Holista Colltech (ASX:HCT) announced it had appointed a distributor for its NatShield hand sanitiser in the US, sending the stock up 15 per cent.

Also among the gainers was OpenLearning (ASX:OLL), which has unveiled a partnership with Alibaba Cloud to offer online courses to students in China.

 

LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Thursday March 19:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap Volume
TMZ Thomson Resources Ltd 0.003 -80.00% $356K 410
VAL Valor Resources Ltd 0.001 -50.00% $1.9M 250.0k
DXN DXN Ltd 0.02 -40.74% $6.8M 988.5k
LOV Lovisa Holdings Ltd 2.73 -37.39% $291.2M 1.0M
DRX Diatreme Resources Ltd 0.01 -33.33% $11.1M 25.0k
LVH LiveHire Ltd 0.1 -28.57% $30.2M 152.7k
DYL Deep Yellow Ltd 0.12 -28.12% $28.2M 327.7k
PKO Peako Ltd 0.01 -27.27% $1.0M 61.0k
CCP Credit Corp Group Ltd 9.05 -26.48% $481.1M 523.6k
RVS Revasum Inc 0.34 -24.44% $26.5M 5.5k
MNY Money3 Corp Ltd 0.92 -23.97% $171.2M 1.3M
OBM Ora Banda Mining Ltd 0.1 -23.08% $58.6M 682.2k
HIL Hills Ltd 0.16 -22.50% $37.1M 296.7k
CXX Cradle Resources Ltd 0.03 -21.05% $5.7M 139.1k
ATS Australis Oil & Gas Ltd 0.01 -21.05% $14.8M 13.7M
MYR Myer Holdings Ltd 0.14 -20.59% $115.0M 6.5M
LSH Lifespot Health Ltd 0.02 -20.00% $1.8M 703.3k
EXR Elixir Energy Ltd 0.02 -20.00% $11.0M 1.2M
AU1 Agency Group Australia Ltd/The 0.04 -20.00% $12.0M 117.6k
BBX BBX Minerals Ltd 0.1 -20.00% $41.3M 110.0k

Mass consumer jewellery retailer Lovisa (ASX:LOV) says production capacity in China has begun to return to normal levels. However, traffic at its 449 global stores is falling due to COV-19 concerns, causing a “significant deterioration in sales”.

All stores in France, Spain, and Malaysia are currently closed, it says; another 25 stores in the US are closed or closing “as a result of local government directives for shopping malls”.

“All other markets are currently still open and trading, however, have seen a declining sales trend with large decreases in store traffic in recent days,” Lovisa says.

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