Local markets have drifted into a state of tentative calm into midday trade, following yesterday’s historic selloff.

The chaos sparked by the oil market collapse extended into global markets, as the US S&P500 went into a 15-minute trading halt after falling by more than 7 per cent.

When the ASX opened this morning, the return of volatility — a word rarely used in the decade-long bull run — was in full effect.

Local stocks initially crashed by another 4 per cent, before an equally sharp rally which saw the ASX200 reach 5,737.70 points in midday trade — a gain of 0.35 per cent.

The Small Ords index fared better, posting a gain of 1.1 per cent to 2,469.40 points. The turnaround followed the first indications by the Trump administration that it plans to enact a fiscal policy response which will include cuts to payroll tax.

A short time ago, US stock futures were 3 per cent higher, in what looks like some respite from a historic market crash that’s now stretching into its third week.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases climbed to 650 in the US overnight, which is the same number that Italy had three weeks ago…



Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Tuesday March 10:

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ICG Inca Minerals Ltd 0.002 +100.00% 3.1M
MDR MedAdvisor Ltd 0.48 +65.52% 687.1k
POW Protean Energy Ltd 0.003 +50.00% 164.8k
YPB YPB Group Ltd 0.003 +50.00% 2.2M
CFE Cape Lambert Resources Ltd 0.003 +33.33% 2.4M
HSC HomeStay Care Ltd 0.004 +33.33% 5.2M
CT1 CCP Technologies Ltd 0.02 +33.33% 2.9M
SER Strategic Energy Resources Ltd 0.005 +25.00% 1.0M
TSC Twenty Seven Co Ltd 0.005 +25.00% 33.4M
MEY Marenica Energy Ltd 0.06 +24.49% 64.9k
1AD Adalta Ltd 0.09 +24.29% 100.0k
LNU Linius Technologies Ltd 0.01 +20.00% 3.0M
GNM Great Northern Minerals Ltd 0.01 +20.00% 238.3k
UNL United Networks Ltd 0.03 +20.00% 60.0k
NAG Nagambie Resources Ltd 0.04 +19.44% 10.0k
LBT LBT Innovations Ltd 0.13 +19.05% 1.1M
GSN Great Southern Mining Ltd 0.04 +18.75% 41.5k
VLT Vault Intelligence Ltd 0.16 +18.52% 292.9k
PEX Peel Mining Ltd 0.13 +18.18% 125.0k
MSB Mesoblast Ltd 2.16 +18.03% 4.1M
IVZ Invictus Energy Ltd 0.02 +17.65% 385.0k
NWE Norwest Energy NL 0.0035 +16.67% 3.8M
ADX ADX Energy Ltd 0.01 +16.67% 1.6M
TNR Torian Resources Ltd 0.01 +16.67% 1.3M
LPI Lithium Power International Lt 0.22 +16.22% 151.3k
EGR Ecograf Ltd 0.06 +16.07% 200.6k
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MedAdvisor (ASX:MDR)

The medical tech company brushed off the dire macroeconomic situation with some big news out of the UK.

MedAdvisor said its digital medication management platform had been endorsed as the recommended supplier to members of the UK’s National Pharmacy Association (NPA), which represents around eight of 10 independent pharmacies.



Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Tuesday March 10:

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FGO Flamingo AI Ltd 0.001 -50.00% 415k
HFR Highfield Resources Ltd 0.37 -25.51% 548.1k
TPD Talon Petroleum Ltd 0.001 -50.00% 59.0M
E2E Eon NRG Ltd 0.001 -50.00% 31.5M
WNB Wellness and Beauty Solutions 0.002 -33.33% 1.0M
RXH Rewardle Holdings Ltd 0.002 -33.33% 29.0k
GTE Great Western Exploration Ltd 0.002 -33.33% 26.0k
CAD Caeneus Minerals Ltd 0.001 -33.33% 1.0M
BMG BMG Resources Ltd 0.002 -33.33% 2.2M
MAY Melbana Energy Ltd 0.004 -33.33% 27.2M
TGO Trimantium GrowthOps Ltd 0.07 -30.00% 51.0k
BRK Brookside Energy Ltd 0.005 -28.57% 11.2M
RAN Range International Ltd 0.01 -25.00% 200.8k
XTC Xantippe Resources Ltd 0.001 -25.00% 9.8M
TMX Terrain Minerals Ltd 0.003 -25.00% 400.0k
EFE Eastern Iron Ltd 0.003 -25.00% 300.0k
DRE Dreadnought Resources Ltd 0.003 -25.00% 2.6M
CTO Citigold Corp Ltd 0.003 -25.00% 200.2k
AZI Alta Zinc Ltd 0.003 -25.00% 130.0k
AGE Alligator Energy Ltd 0.001 -25.00% 3.1M
OAU Ora Gold Ltd 0.02 -25.00% 1.6M
ICN Icon Energy Ltd/Australia 0.01 -25.00% 223.3k
TPC TPC Consolidated Ltd 0.81 -23.33% 6.0k
PTR Petratherm Ltd 0.04 -23.08% 20.0k
GBR Great Boulder Resources Ltd 0.04 -22.92% 23.3k
OLV Otherlevels Holdings Ltd 0.01 -22.22% 100.0k
ONE Oneview Healthcare PLC 0.09 -21.74% 1.0k
AQC Australian Pacific Coal Ltd 0.15 -21.05% 2.8k
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