Here are the key ASX small cap winners and losers at lunchtime Monday Aug 6:

The ASX Small Ords was up 6 points or 0.2 per cent to 2845.6 by 1pm AEST.

GOING UP

Lithium producer Argosy Minerals (ASX:AGY) jumped 50 per cent this morning after it produced battery-grade lithium carbonate.

The shares hit an intraday high of 27c compared to Friday’s close of 18c. That’s still well down on its one-year high of 48c achieved in January, however.

Argosy says it can get 99.6 per cent pure lithium carbonate from its 500-tonne-a-year Stage 1 plant at the Rincon Lithium Project in Argentina.

The product, a white powder, will be sent as samples to cathode and battery-maker customers with whom Argosy has initial sales deals.

Nano-tech Anteo Diagnostics (ASX:ADO) rose sharply today after signing a deal with an unnamed “major Asian global battery materials and component manufacturer”.

The stock gained 50 per cent to 2.1c in early trade.

Anteo makes “nanometre-thin coatings” that help different materials work together — and is focused on using silicon to improve the  performance of the “anode” component in lithium-ion batteries.

Some experts think silicon-based anodes could qudruple the capacity of current graphite-based anodes — but that isn’t expected to happen for at least ten years.

The two parties will work together to “further assess the potential” of Anteo’s technology.

“Our objectives are to give a significant energy capacity improvement to Lithium-ion battery anodes in the future coupled with ease of manufacture,” said Anto boss Christopher Parker.

Another silicon-focused battery play 1414 Degrees is pursuing an ASX listing.

WA-focused gold explorer Classic Minerals (ASX:CLZ) gained 20 per cent to 0.6c today after starting drilling at its Forrestania gold project in Western Australia.

“Following the outstanding results of our last drilling program, including multiple high-grade gold hits at Kat Gap and Lady
Magdalene, we are very excited to be heading back to [Forrestania] to undertake an aggressive follow-up drill program,” said chief Dean Goodwin.

“There is no doubt in my mind that this is a major gold camp containing significant undiscovered resources and we are on the right path to discover and delineate these ore bodies.”

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12.30pm Monday, Aug 6:

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ASX code Company Today's price change (12.30pm) Price (12.30pm) Volume Market Cap
VMG VDM GROUP 0.5 0.003 10k 11.8M
SYS SYNGAS 0.5 0.003 2M 1.2M
LKO LAKES OIL 0.5 0.003 1M 71.9M
IOT IOT GROUP 0.5 0.003 2M 2.6M
AKN AUKING MINING 0.5 0.003 30k 2.3M
AGY ARGOSY MINERALS 0.416666666667 0.255 12M 165.3M
CLZ CLASSIC MINERALS 0.4 0.007 7M 10.0M
ADO ANTEO DIAGNOSTIC 0.357142857143 0.019 10M 16.1M
LCY LEGACY IRON ORE 0.333333333333 0.004 70k 4.4M
XST XSTATE RESOURCES 0.25 0.005 700k 3.1M
TPD TALON PETROLEUM 0.25 0.005 8M 4.1M
MLS METALS AUSTRALIA 0.25 0.005 200k 9.4M
ICG INCA MINERALS 0.25 0.005 1M 11.8M
STX STRIKE ENERGY 0.25 0.125 1M 109.5M
TDO 3D OIL 0.238095238095 0.13 259k 25.1M
SPB SOUTH PACIFIC 0.2 0.006 527k 827.6k
SER STRATEGIC ENERGY 0.2 0.006 9M 4.2M
MSR MANAS RESOURCES 0.2 0.006 2M 14.5M
BKP BARAKA ENERGY 0.2 0.006 9M 13.5M
GPR GEOPACIFIC RES 0.181818181818 0.026 2M 45.8M
PVL POWERHOUSE 0.176470588235 0.2 15k 4.9M
DCC DIGITALX 0.173913043478 0.135 572k 56.1M
CAP CARPENTARIA 0.173333333333 0.088 68k 14.9M
VIC VICTORY MINES 0.166666666667 0.007 6M 7.4M
PKD PARKD 0.166666666667 0.21 11k 13.5M
MNC METMINCO 0.166666666667 0.007 3M 5.5M
DEV DEVEX RESOURCES 0.166666666667 0.007 381k 6.6M
CZL CONSOLIDATED ZINC 0.166666666667 0.007 50k 5.4M
TRL TANGA RESOURCES 0.142857142857 0.008 2M 5.1M

GOING DOWN

Shares in ‘Neo-lender’ Wisr (ASX:WZR) fell more than 10 per cent to 5c after the company was hit with a second speeding ticket from the ASX in the space of a week.

The queries concerned an increase in trading around an announcement about the expansion of Wisr’s personal loan channels after it was appointed to the panel of a mortgage broker aggregator.

Wisr told the ASS today: “The company does not consider the information to be of sufficient materiality that a reasonable person would expect the announcement to have a material effect on the price of Wisr shares.”

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12.30pm Monday, Aug 6:

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ASX code Company Today's price change (12.30pm) Price (12.30pm) Volume Market Cap
CHP CHAPMANS -0.5 0.001 5M 3.5M
BDI BLINA MINERALS -0.5 0.001 4M 6.5M
HMX HAMMER METALS -0.291666666667 0.017 957k 6.5M
WGL WANGLE TECH -0.25 0.003 22M 7.3M
SMA SMARTTRANS -0.25 0.003 9M 26.3M
GLA GLADIATOR RES -0.25 0.003 2M 3.0M
CLY CLANCY EXPL -0.25 0.003 150k 12.5M
THD THRED -0.2 0.004 4M 8.9M
JKA JACKA RESOURCES -0.2 0.004 5k 3.8M
EPM ECLIPSE METALS -0.2 0.004 1M 5.7M
CAV CARNAVALE RES -0.166666666667 0.01 984k 7.7M
ALT ANALYTICA -0.142857142857 0.006 500k 23.4M
A1C AIC RESOURCES -0.135135135135 0.16 276k 13.9M
DAU DAMPIER GOLD -0.133333333333 0.026 43k 3.6M
AXT ARGO EXPLORATION -0.133333333333 0.013 100k 2.7M
EEG EMPIRE ENERGY -0.130434782609 0.02 3M 29.1M
PEC PERPETUAL RES -0.125 0.014 300k 3.8M
ENB ENEABBA GAS -0.125 0.007 500k 4.2M
CXU CAULDRON ENERGY -0.125 0.028 95k 10.5M
CTO CITIGOLD CORP -0.125 0.007 255k 15.3M
QFY QUANTIFY TECH -0.12 0.022 25k 13.7M
GTE GREAT WESTERN -0.111111111111 0.008 4M 8.3M
AAJ ARUMA RESOURCES -0.111111111111 0.008 153k 4.6M
AME ALTO METALS -0.109090909091 0.049 2k 10.2M
BKT BLACK ROCK -0.106382978723 0.042 90k 20.9M
WZR WISR -0.103448275862 0.052 1M 26.4M
AQD AUSQUEST -0.103448275862 0.026 200k 15.2M
AXE ARCHER EXPL -0.102040816327 0.088 11k 18.4M
TIE TIETTO MINERALS -0.101123595506 0.08 129k 19.4M
VAL VALOR RESOURCES -0.1 0.009 3M 14.8M