It’s a chilling tale, a weaponised strain of the influenza virus is accidentally released, causing a pandemic that wipes out most of the world’s population.

If that sounds suspiciously familiar, that’s because of the many similarities to the COVID-19 pandemic that is sweeping across the globe right now that has infected nearly 1.36 million and killed more than 79,000 people.

It is also the synopsis for the novel The Stand, which was authored by famous horror writer Stephen King and first published in 1978.

Said author is rather apologetic, telling fans who told him that the COVID-10 outbreak is like stepping into one of his stories that he is sorry.

“There was never any question that in our society, where travel is a staple of daily life, that sooner or later, there was going to be a virus that was going to communicate to the public at large,” he told NPR.

Before we go back to comparing the similarities between the +40 year old book and the current pandemic, here are some of the small cap movers at both ends of the market.

 

ASX SMALL CAP WINNERS

Assetowl (ASX:AO1) +275%

With the COVID-19 outbreak putting a crimp on physical home inspections, real estate agents are turning to online inspections and Assetowl’s software appears to be in the right spot at the right time.

Its inspector360 software is enjoying heavy demand, allowing real estate agents to capture virtual tours with smartphone cameras capable of taking panoramic photos.

The app is also able to manage a lot of the paperwork required in property management.

G Medical Innovations (ASX:GMV) +200%

Shares in G Medical shot up this week after its Prizma device to monitor vital signs such as temperature, heart rate and stress levels was granted over-the-counter authorisation by the US Food & Drug Administration.

The authorisation, which is based on US policy for the COVID-19 emergency, allows the device to be sold directly to consumers without a prescription.

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks for April 3 – April 9 [intraday]:

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CODE NAME RETURN % PRICE THIS FRIDAY [INTRADAY] MARKET CAP
RXH REWARDLE HOLDINGS LTD 500 0.006 3.16M
AO1 ASSETOWL LTD 275 0.015 4.52M
SHO SPORTSHERO LTD 233 0.010 3.28M
GMV G MEDICAL INNOVATION HOLDING 200 0.125 57.62M
NTI NEUROTECH INTERNATIONAL LTD 200 0.012 2.58M
SIH SIHAYO GOLD LTD 160 0.013 27.27M
PNN PEPINNINI LITHIUM LTD 100 0.002 2.93M
TMZ THOMSON RESOURCES LTD 100 0.020 2.38M
WNB WELLNESS AND BEAUTY SOLUTION 83 0.011 11.37M
CNB CARNABY RESOURCES LTD 83 0.064 6.14M
HNR HANNANS LTD 75 0.007 13.92M
HSC HOMESTAY CARE LTD 71 0.005 10.05M
TOU TLOU ENERGY LTD 70 0.068 30.61M
ANA ANSILA ENERGY NL 67 0.010 5.09M
MTC METALSTECH LTD 64 0.165 14.62M
SKN SKIN ELEMENTS LTD 64 0.059 18.74M
TDY THEDOCYARD LTD 63 0.155 20.58M
AHZ ADMEDUS LTD 63 8.140 46.44M
ATC ALTECH CHEMICAL LTD 61 0.057 51.81M
TRT TODD RIVER RESOURCES LTD 60 0.017 3.95M
FFG FATFISH BLOCKCHAIN LTD 60 0.008 6.51M
WTL WT FINANCIAL GRP LTD 58 0.038 5.72M
HCD HYDROCARBON DYNAMICS LTD 54 0.020 5.92M
CAP CARPENTARIA RESOURCES LTD 53 0.023 6.33M
MOZ MOSAIC BRANDS LTD 52 0.770 74.55M
CPV CLEARVUE TECHNOLOGIES LTD 51 0.110 12.23M
NXS NEXT SCIENCE LTD 50 1.875 294.66M

ASX SMALL CAP LOSERS

88 Energy (ASX:88E) -62%

Alaska-focused 88 Energy had a challenging week after UK partner Premier Oil pulled out of their joint venture because the Charlie-1 appraisal well did not meet its pre-drill expectations despite intersecting a large condensate discovery.

While the cost of the well remained within the expected budget and is covered by Premier, the company said that further analysis was required to determine whether the discovery could be commercialised on Alaska’s North Slope given the likely high gas content.

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks for April 3 – April 9 [intraday]:

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CODE NAME RETURN % PRICE THIS FRIDAY [INTRADAY] MARKET CAP
NGI NAVIGATOR GLOBAL INVESTMENTS -25 1.500 275.65M
HGL HUDSON INVESTMENT GROUP -26 0.350 20.78M
IPB IPB PETROLEUM LTD -27 0.008 1.85M
MCM MC MINING LTD -27 0.220 28.22M
ENX ENEGEX LTD -29 0.005 402.50k
ICU ISENTRIC LTD -33 0.006 1.22M
ASP ASPERMONT LTD -33 0.006 12.73M
TIG TIGERS REALM COAL LTD -33 0.006 37.86M
BAS BASS OIL LTD -33 0.002 3.34M
ADV ARDIDEN LTD -33 0.003 3.58M
OEX OILEX LTD -33 0.002 6.85M
AHL AHALIFE HOLDINGS LTD -33 0.004 5.32M
FAM FAMILY INSIGHTS GROUP LTD -33 0.020 1.32M
MPH MEDILAND PHARM LTD -33 0.100 31.28M
HPR HIGH PEAK ROYALTIES LTD -33 0.060 11.34M
KAS KASBAH RESOURCES LTD -34 0.025 3.38M
PEK PEAK RESOURCES LTD -35 0.017 22.19M
SUH SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE MINING -38 0.010 1.09M
EMU EMU NL -38 0.013 3.87M
VMG VDM GROUP LTD -50 0.001 6.93M
AVW AVIRA RESOURCES LTD -50 0.001 1.13M
88E 88 ENERGY LTD -62 0.007 56.88M
ENE ENEVIS LTD -64 0.055 3.86M