We’ve just passed financial year and the halfway mark of the calendar year. Stockhead recaps the top performing stocks in 2019.

The average ASX gain is just over 6 per cent but 31 stocks have gained over 200 per cent and 6 stocks have gained 400 per cent or more.

Code Name Price % Return YTD Market Cap
NET NETLINKZ LTD 0.26 696.87 $398.57M
LTR LIONTOWN RESOURCES LTD 0.14 488 $215.51M
SPX SPECTRUM METALS LTD 0.03 480 $36.67M
ANO ADVANCE NANOTEK LTD 5.34 479.23 $312.28M
R3D R3D GLOBAL LTD 0.04 442.86 $1.56M
PCK PAINCHEK LTD 0.19 400 $176.80M
PPK PPK GROUP LTD 2.51 379.82 $207.05M
IOD IODM LTD 0.09 373.68 $47.38M
AGH ALTHEA GROUP HOLDINGS LTD 1.15 353.06 $225.67M
CV1 CV CHECK LTD 0.23 350 $61.42M
HCH HOT CHILI LTD 0.04 314.55 $48.49M
CLI CROPLOGIC LTD 0.06 314.29 $21.97M
WKT WALKABOUT RESOURCES LTD 0.38 304.26 $120.38M
ATU ATRUM COAL LTD 0.34 301.16 $164.00M
FEX FENIX RESOURCES LTD 0.09 300 $25.21M
AIR ASTIVITA LTD 1.02 292.31 $19.40M
M7T MACH7 TECHNOLOGIES LTD 0.76 273.81 $117.31M
IHL IMPRESSION HEALTHCARE LTD 0.06 268.75 $36.34M
ALC ALCIDION GROUP LTD 0.17 266.67 $133.76M
WZR WISR LTD 0.15 257.14 $118.53M
8CO 8COMMON LTD 0.13 257.14 $19.32M
5GN 5G NETWORKS LTD/AUSTRALIA 1.46 253.57 $94.30M
MAU MAGNETIC RESOURCES NL 0.47 251.85 $95.96M
EM1 EMERGE GAMING LTD 0.02 228.57 $15.08M
E2M E2 METALS LTD 0.26 225 $23.89M
DUB DUBBER CORP LTD 1.3 223.46 $244.41M
BOT BOTANIX PHARMACEUTICALS LTD 0.23 221.43 $174.16M
TNY TINYBEANS GROUP PTY LTD 1.03 214.29 $32.72M
TML TIMAH RESOURCES LTD 0.06 211.11 $5.18M
1ST 1ST GROUP LTD 0.09 210.34 $31.98M
BGH BLIGH RESOURCES LTD 0.14 202.08 $42.98M

The roll of honour

By far and away the best performer is Netlinkz (ASX: NET). Its virtual networking technology allows people to connect over the internet invisibly and without fear of network failure.

In February it revealed its half-yearly revenue rose 1,797 per cent compared to the same period in 2017. Since then it secured a deal to commercialise its software in China following a successful pilot program with China Telecom.

Next was lithum miner Liontown Resources (ASX: LTR) which has had successful lithium results at its Norseman project.

It has been that great a year, it updated its Mineral Resource 353 per cent earlier this month, estimating 21.2 million tonnes at 1.4 per cent lithium. Of this, 83 per cent is measured or indicated.

Fellow West Australian miner Spectrum Metals (ASX: SPX) has gained 480 per cent, with gold instead of lithium being the catalyst for its growth.

Some of these stocks had quiet first quarters but then big news sent them rocketing. PainChek (ASX: PCK) is up 400 per cent and its growth began when it announced the Morrison government would be investing $5 million.

The 214 per cent gain of TinyBeans (ASX: TNY) began when it announced it would be hooking up with Lego. Further partnerships boosted it even more.

What about last year’s gainers?

But 2019 has been less successful for stocks that went on a run last year. 16 stocks gained 200 per cent or more over the first half of 2018 and only three sit higher a year on.

Retailer City Chic Collective (ASX: CCX) gained another 82 per cent in 2019. This allowed early investor (& Cotton On founder) Nigel Evans to cash out a $3 million investment for over $45 million.

Animoca Brands (ASX: AB1) and Empire Energy Group (ASX: EEG) have gained over 65 per cent as well this year.

Animoca Brands’ rise is a clear endorsement of its numerous strategic partnerships including Gamma Innovations and first mover advantage in disrupting the global gaming markets with digital ownership through blockchain technology.

But much of the remainder of stocks have stagnated, including Bidenergy (ASX: BID) which was one of last year’s significant gainers.

Code Name Price Total Return H12018 (%) Market Cap Return H1 2019 (%)
IVX INVION LTD 0.0015 761.07 82.51M -16.7
CCX CITY CHIC COLLECTIVE LTD 1.75 633.33 337.37M 82.6
KRR KING RIVER RESOURCES LTD 0.03 546.67 35.92M -25.6
BID BIDENERGY LTD 0.75 488.89 85.90M -49.8
GLV GLOBAL VANADIUM LTD 0.002 400 5.66M -60
VAN VANGO MINING LTD 0.17 336.36 109.97M 2.9
TGN TUNGSTEN MINING NL 0.22 308 160.36M -15.4
IGE INTEGRATED GREEN ENERGY SOLUTIONS 0.19 284 74.84M -40.6
PDN PALADIN ENERGY LTD 0.14 272.34 254.05M -17.1
GLN GALAN LITHIUM LTD 0.17 253.33 21.99M -46.8
MWR MGM WIRELESS LTD 3.2 239.53 40.05M -0.9
AB1 ANIMOCA BRANDS CORP LTD 0.16 229.41 135.47M 68.4
TNO TANDO RESOURCES LTD 0.08 220.57 15.97M -28.6
MNB MINBOS RESOURCES LTD 0.001 220 5.65M 0
VMG VDM GROUP LTD 0.002 200 12.56M 0
EEG EMPIRE ENERGY GROUP LTD 0.22 200 49.73M 65.4
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