It was a more buoyant mood on the ASX this morning, as markets partially recovered from yesterday’s coronavirus-induced selloff.

But before we breakdown the details, there were some newsworthy developments in the rugby world overnight.

Reports emerged that after breaking ties with Rugby Australia, controversial star Israel Folau has signed a one-year deal with French side Catalans Dragons.

It marks a code-switch for Folau, who left rugby union after he was sacked by the sport’s governing body for repeatedly making homophobic statements on social media.

Very soon after news of Folau’s signing broke, UK side Wigan announced that its game against Catalans on March 22 will now be Pride Day.

In a clear show of support to the LGBTQ community, Wigan said its players will wear rainbow socks on the day, and be kitted out with rainbow-coloured laces.

To stocks, and the big end of town found a bit of momentum this morning as the ASX200 climbed 0.38 per cent to 7,021. The ASX Small Ords index was up 0.65 per cent to 3,014.

WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Wednesday January 29:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap
HSC HomeStay Care Ltd 0.006 +50.00% $9.9M
VPR Volt Power Group Ltd 0.0015 +50.00% $13.5M
E2E Eon NRG Ltd 0.004 +33.33% $3.1M
RFR Rafaella Resources Ltd 0.13 +28.57% $9.5M
MSR Manas Resources Ltd 0.0025 +25.00% $6.6M
UUV UUV Aquabotix Ltd 0.0025 +25.00% $1.3M
BMG BMG Resources Ltd 0.005 +25.00% $2.9M
CAV Carnavale Resources Ltd 0.0025 +25.00% $3.7M
SER Strategic Energy Resources Ltd 0.005 +25.00% $4.8M
OKU Oklo Resources Ltd 0.2 +21.21% $82.6M
ROG Red Sky Energy Ltd 0.003 +20.00% $4.9M
MRQ MRG Metals Ltd 0.014 +16.67% $14.7M
BNL Big Star Energy Ltd 0.007 +16.67% $5.1M
AHL AHAlife Holdings Ltd 0.008 +14.29% $8.1M
ANA Ansila Energy NL 0.02 +14.29% $8.1M
AUT Auteco Minerals Ltd 0.02 +13.33% $17.0M
VAR Variscan Mines Ltd 0.03 +13.33% $7.0M
DW8 Digital Wine Ventures Ltd 0.009 +12.50% $10.7M
GNM Great Northern Minerals Ltd 0.009 +12.50% $3.1M
SCU Stemcell United Ltd 0.02 +12.50% $12.2M

 

HomeStay Care (ASX:HSC)

The aged-care tech platform jumped at the opening bell and held its gains into midday trade, after signing a commercial deal to upgrade the tech systems at nine residential aged care facilities owned by Aged Care & Housing Group in South Australia.

The company it’s received a $500,000 purchase order for the first facility, to fit out its Essence Smart Care Call Platform that allows for improved communication between nurses and patients.

READ NOW: Tech: Homestay wins commercial deal with aged-care provider, shares up 50pc

Rafaella Resources (ASX:RFR)

The minerals explorer found demand after the company said a drilling program had revealed “excellent assay results” at its Santa Comba tungsten project in Galicia, Spain.

LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Wednesday January 29:

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Code Name Price % Chg Market Cap
CCE Carnegie Clean Energy Ltd 0.001 -33.33% $11.1M
NXE New Energy Minerals Ltd 0.007 -30.00% $1.2M
ODM Odin Metals Ltd 0.07 -25.00% $11.5M
PCL Pancontinental Oil & Gas NL 0.0015 -25.00% $8.1M
MRV Moreton Resources Ltd 0.003 -25.00% $9.3M
SVA Simavita Ltd 0.02 -20.69% $9.6M
BUY Bounty Oil & Gas NL 0.004 -20.00% $3.8M
MRD Mount Ridley Mines Ltd 0.0025 -16.67% $6.7M
CE1 Calima Energy Ltd 0.005 -16.67% $10.8M
RXP RXP Services Ltd 0.47 -16.22% $76.5M
KEY Key Petroleum Ltd 0.006 -14.29% $10.3M
TMR Tempus Resources Ltd 0.22 -14.00% $9.1M
UBN Urbanise.com Ltd 0.06 -13.04% $44.2M
SVD ScandiVanadium Ltd 0.007 -12.50% $2.5M
PWN Parkway Minerals NL 0.007 -12.50% $11.8M
NWF Newfield Resources Ltd 0.14 -12.12% $84.3M
TTM Titan Minerals Ltd 0.15 -11.76% $87.5M

 

Odin Metals (ASX:ODM)

The copper-zinc explorer fell by 25 per cent after markets responded negatively to its latest quarterly trading update, which included details on its zinc-zopper project in Sturgeon Lake, Canada.