Remember Spot? The robot dog built by Boston Dynamics that looks decidedly…real?

For those who need a refresher:

(Giphy.com)

(Admittedly, Spot looks more tame than its dog/snake hybrid cousin that can open doors with its mouth).

Early footage served to help spark the collective imagination that the (evil) robots are now on their way and humans’ time on earth could be limited.

But for now, Spot is putting its powers to good use. In fact, it’s just landed a new job.

The four-legged machine will take up a role at Norwegian oil & gas company Aker BP, stationed on an ocean vessel where it will carry out safety surveillance and run inspections for machinery leaks.

While the robots remain benevolent (for now), stocks continued to track higher as the ASX Small Ords rose 0.62 per cent to 3,042 into midday trade. The ASX200 was up 0.48 per cent to 7,090.

 

WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Wednesday February 12:

Swipe or scroll to reveal the full table. Click headings to sort.

Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap
IPT Impact Minerals Ltd 0.011 +57.14% $14.5M
CLZ Classic Minerals Ltd 0.003 +50.00% $21.6M
MSR Manas Resources Ltd 0.003 +50.00% $7.9M
AQX Alice Queen Ltd 0.06 +43.59% $42.9M
GSM Golden State Mining Ltd 0.1 +36.99% $3.8M
GTE Great Western Exploration Ltd 0.004 +33.33% $5.8M
PNX PNX METALS Ltd 0.008 +33.33% $19.5M
MRQ MRG Metals Ltd 0.013 +30.00% $13.7M
DDD 3D Resources Ltd 0.0025 +25.00% $3.5M
MCT Metalicity Ltd 0.005 +25.00% $3.6M
NES Nelson Resources Ltd 0.04 +21.21% $1.8M
DRE Dreadnought Resources Ltd 0.006 +20.00% $10.8M
HRL HRL Holdings Ltd 0.17 +17.86% $81.4M
IBG Ironbark Zinc Ltd 0.014 +16.67% $12.9M
LSA Lachlan Star Ltd 0.007 +16.67% $5.3M
MBK Metal Bank Ltd 0.007 +16.67% $6.2M
ZGL Zicom Group Ltd 0.1 +16.67% $22.8M
SKY Sky Metals Ltd 0.26 +15.56% $66.2M

 

Golden State Mining (ASX:GSM)

The gold explorer was among the big winners in morning trade, after confirming that everything is in order to commence drilling in April at its Yule project in the Pilbara Caton.

The fact Golden State surged on a simple drilling update appears to be evidence of investor excitement around the Pilbara Craton — the same region where De Grey Mining (ASX:DEG) recently announced a gold strike that saw its share price surge.

READ MORE: Golden State rips higher as markets get excited about the Pilbara Craton

LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Wednesday February 12:

Swipe or scroll to reveal the full table. Click headings to sort.

Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap
YPB YPB Group Ltd 0.003 -25.00% $5.1M
MSE Metalsearch Ltd 0.0012 -20.00% $13.0M
WNB Wellness and Beauty Solutions 0.004 -20.00% $4.1M
RMX Red Mountain Mining Ltd 0.004 -20.00% $3.5M
AOA Ausmon Resources Ltd 0.002 -20.00% $1.3M
LNY Laneway Resources Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $18.6M
ERL Empire Resources Ltd 0.01 -16.67% $7.8M
IMR Imricor Medical Systems Inc 1.62 -15.00% $149.7M
CCA Change Financial Ltd 0.19 -13.95% $19.0M
AXE Archer Materials Ltd 0.2 -12.77% $41.4M
GNM Great Northern Minerals Ltd 0.007 -12.50% $2.4M
ESH Esports Mogul Ltd 0.007 -12.50% $14.2M
DW8 Digital Wine Ventures Ltd 0.007 -12.50% $8.2M
MOH Moho Resources NL 0.1 -12.50% $5.2M
AER Aeeris Ltd 0.14 -12.50% $8.4M
AEI Aeris Environmental Ltd 0.47 -12.15% $99.4M
EHX EHR Resources Ltd 0.11 -12.00% $13.9M
HCT Holista CollTech Ltd 0.15 -11.76% $35.7M

 

Metalsearch (ASX:MSE)

The base metals explorer provided an update on its Abercorn alumina project, where it recently completed a 62-hole drill program.

Metalsearch said the results exceeded expectations, confirming the “high-quality nature of mineralisation” at Abercorn, however markets sent the stock down 20 per cent in morning trade to 1.2c.

At Stockhead, we tell it like it is. While Golden State Mining is a Stockhead advertiser, it did not sponsor this article.