NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers caused a stir in the US this week, when it emerged that he’d been keeping on the low pretending to be vaccinated from COVID-19 (when he wasn’t).

The news only came to light when Rodgers actually caught COVID-19, and was forced to stay away from the team due to his no-vax status.

Rodgers came under some heat from members of the media, who dialled into a sneaky press conference a few months prior when Rodgers said he’d been ‘immunised’ against the disease (for those playing at home; not the same).

In the ensuing controversy, Rodgers then appeared on the Pat McAfee podcast and had a go at cancel culture and indicated a preference for ivermectin (also used as a livestock dewormer) in battling the disease.

While the no-vax debate continues to rage (moreso, seemingly, in the US), ASX investors have been afflicted with ailments of a different kind (read on below).
 

ASX SMALL CAP WINNERS

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for November 5 – November 12 [intraday]:

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Code Company Price ReturnWRoll% MktCap$
LMG Latrobe Magnesium 0.15 146 $ 186,549,032.54
ECT Env Clean Tech Ltd 0.046 130 $ 46,069,644.43
A1M Aic Mines Ltd 0.42 87 $ 128,116,732.47
MQR Marquee Resource Ltd 0.135 71 $ 20,182,816.68
PH2 Pure Hydrogen Corp 0.74 59 $ 233,837,517.94
CDT Castle Minerals 0.03 58 $ 25,500,994.88
RFT Rectifier Technolog 0.053 56 $ 67,370,293.40
IQ3 Iq3Corp Limited 0.155 55 $ 16,172,855.16
TMB Tambourahmetals 0.315 54 $ 11,745,028.71
VR1 Vection Technologies 0.1825 52 $ 165,364,919.36
KOR Korab Resources 0.056 51 $ 17,985,450.00
RNE Renu Energy Ltd 0.11 51 $ 13,940,106.92
MEP Minotaur Exploration 0.195 50 $ 90,241,046.64
PBX Pacific Bauxite Ltd 0.003 50 $ 1,189,842.10
PCL Pancontinental Energ 0.0015 50 $ 7,034,222.81
POD Podium Minerals 0.445 48 $ 124,263,279.96
DCC Digitalx Limited 0.1525 45 $ 103,942,165.46
SPQ Superior Resources 0.023 44 $ 33,062,765.45
CHN Chalice Mining Ltd 9.83 44 $ 3,532,911,181.80
PGO Pacgold 0.43 43 $ 14,915,408.00
PRM Prominence Energy 0.01 43 $ 8,947,667.35
SPN Sparc Tech Ltd 1.785 42 $ 99,888,617.85
MGU Magnum Mining & Exp 0.1 41 $ 47,228,766.83

In case you missed it on Stockhead this week, magnesium madness has taken hold and Latrobe Magnesium (ASX:LMG) is front and centre as investors pile into the sector.

After ripping higher earlier this week on no news, the stock jumped again this morning after announcing an oversubscribed $11.5m placement to sophisticated, professional and institutional investors that will fast-track the construction of its initial 1,000tpa magnesium plant in Latrobe Valley.

Shares in LMG have now risen by almost 800% since the start of the 2022 financial year.

Also posting a triple-digit percentage return this week was Environmental Clean Technologies (ASX:ECT), which rose by 130%.

The company has a number of clean energy technologies under development in lignite, hydrogen and waste conversion.

ECT shares often hop around and the stock has traded in a 12-month range between 1c and 2c — but this week it broke out (on no news).

Those gains may have had something to do with ECT’s hydrogen-based technologies, because next to magnesium madness, hydrogen fever has well and truly taken hold among small cap investors.

Also ripping higher was Pure Hydrogen (ASX:PH2), which this week signed a term-sheet with CAC-H2 to build Waste to Hydrogen plants in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne.

CAC-H2 will “fund, build, and operate the plant and Pure Hydrogen will fund storage and load out”, the company said.

Hydrogen investment company Renu Energy (ASX:RNE) also surged ahead, after flagging the acquisition of green hydrogen technology developer Countrywide Renewable Hydrogen (CRH) in a $9.156m share-based deal.

Other notable movers this week included Bitcoin proxy DigitalX (ASX:DCC), which owns 215 Bitcoin on its balance sheet and has more than doubled since the start of October, from ~6c to 15.5c.
 

ASX SMALL CAP LOSERS

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for November 5 – November 12 [intraday]:

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