2020 has been a tough year for the markets but some 33 ASX stocks have been able to shrug off COVID-19 jitters and more than triple.

Stockhead has found 33 ASX stocks that have gained over 200 per cent between January 1 and June 15, seven of which have gained over 500 per cent.

While the gold sector had by far the most winners, they accounted for just under half of them. Yet mining stocks in commodities other than gold took up a further six spots.

Stocks in the hand sanitiser market only took up two spots while six were in the tech space. The remaining stocks were all the only two-baggers from each of their sectors.

Code Name Price (I) Total Return YTD (I) Sector Market Cap
DEG DE GREY MINING LTD 0.645 1214 Mining - gold $784.0M
PDI PREDICTIVE DISCOVERY LTD 0.074 889 Mining - gold $51.4M
SKN SKIN ELEMENTS LTD 0.08 791 Hand sanitiser $25.8M
GES GENESIS RESOURCES LTD 0.013 600 Mining - Gold $21.9M
NCL NETCCENTRIC LTD 0.032 540 Tech $8.4M
AUT AUTECO MINERALS LTD 0.06 533 Mining - Gold $76.1M
AL8 ALDERAN RESOURCES LTD 0.17 520 Mining - diversified $34.9M
NME NEX METALS EXPLORATION LTD 0.074 400 Mining - Gold $12.5M
MGV MUSGRAVE MINERALS LTD 0.43 372 Mining - Gold $194.0M
RGL RIVERSGOLD LTD 0.042 356 Mining - Gold $12.8M
GTR GTI RESOURCES LTD 0.035 350 Mining - uranium and vanadium $18.3M
GUL GULLEWA LTD 0.125 346 Mining - diversified $20.3M
TSL TITANIUM SANDS LTD 0.079 339 Mining - diversified $61.5M
GSM GOLDEN STATE MINING LTD 0.325 321 Mining - gold $13.5M
SGO STREAM GROUP LTD 0.05 309 Tech $9.9M
CHN CHALICE GOLD MINES LTD 0.95 309 Mining - diversified $279.3M
MMM MARLEY SPOON AG-CDI 0.965 300 Tech $174.8M
BNR BULLETIN RESOURCES LTD 0.095 296 Mining - Gold $17.8M
AXE ARCHER MATERIALS LTD 0.625 287 Tech $128.1M
ZNO ZOONO GROUP LTD 2.38 254 Hand sanitiser $364.5M
TNR TORIAN RESOURCES LTD 0.028 250 Mining - Gold $12.5M
MCT METALICITY LTD 0.013 246 Mining - Gold $16.7M
AUR AURIS MINERALS LTD 0.048 243 Mining - Gold $19.6M
FHS FREEHILL MINING LTD 0.05 243 Mining - diversified $69.1M
KIN KIN MINING NL 0.12 243 Mining - gold $75.6M
MTC METALSTECH LTD 0.145 233 Mining - Gold $17.7M
NVX NOVONIX LTD 1.23 228 Tech $312.1M
SKY SKY METALS LTD 0.285 221 Mining - gold $82.3M
KKO KINETIKO ENERGY LTD 0.07 220 Energy - coal $34.8M
DXB DIMERIX LTD 0.43 219 Health - biotech $75.3M
AWV ANOVA METALS LTD 0.024 203 Mining - Gold $29.9M
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The top performers

Taking the gold and silver spots on the list were gold explorers De Grey Mining (ASX:DEG) and Predictive Discovery (ASX:PDI), both of which have recently unearthed major discoveries.

Despite the monumental rise of Zoono (ASX:ZNO), it has been outperformed in 2020 by Skin Elements (ASX:SKN), which took bronze after gaining 791 per cent. Zoono claimed 21st place on a 254 per cent spike.

Skin Elements boss Peter Malone told Stockhead in April the company’s pursuit had nothing to do with COVID. Rather it was related to a shift in the industry away from alcohol-based sanitisers.

Riversgold (ASX:RGL) surged when mining investor Tolga Kumova bought into the company.

Chalice Gold Mines (ASX:CHN) rose due to its Julimar nickel discovery in Western Australia, over 2000km from its gold project in Victoria near Bendigo which it was previously known for.

Other gold small caps, including Metalicity (ASX:MCT) and Golden State Mining (ASX:GSM), have risen over excitement about current drilling campaigns.

GTI Resources (ASX:GTR), meanwhile, surged off the back of excitement about the uranium sector.


Tech winners

Among tech stocks, the biggest winner was digital tech agency Neccentric (ASX:NCL), which sits 540 per cent higher this year.

The major catalyst has been prominent Malaysian entrepreneur Ganesh Kumar Bangah’s purchase of an 84 per cent stake in the company.

Quantum computer play Archer Materials (ASX:AXE) has been surging ever since inking a deal with IBM to develop its solution.

Meal kit deliverer Marley Spoon (ASX:MMM) won new customers because of lockdown laws globally preventing people from dining out.

Finally, battery manufacturing play Novonix (ASX:NVX) has been rising thanks to its edging closer to commercialising its breakthrough cathode material manufacturing method.

This could dramatically reduce the costs of manufacuturing lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

There has also been speculation it might be forging a partnership with Tesla because of the similarity between both company’s cathode technologies.

At Stockhead, we tell it like it is. While De Grey Mining, Metalicity, Golden State Mining and GTI Resources are Stockhead advertisers, they did not sponsor this article.