2019 was a superb year for many gold investors as prices rose +17 per cent on the back of some trade war-induced global economic uncertainty.

Gold investment is seen as a hedge against volatile economic conditions; the sort of conditions expedited by trade wars or the US’ recent deadly strike on Iran’s top general, for example.

READ: Gold prices soar as 2019 draws to a close

This escalating Middle East conflict, as well as a smattering of sub-par economic data, has just pushed gold prices to four-month highs of ~$US1580/oz ($2270/oz):

The $US gold price over the past week.

And while Trump has indicated that the US and China will be signing a much-anticipated phase 1 trade agreement very soon (which could settle the markets, making gold less attractive) the Chinese have yet to confirm a signing date.

Scroll down for this week’s top winners and losers>>>

 

BIG MOVERS

Markets are still ticking over, but this time of year is usually pretty quiet on the news front. This didn’t stop the winner’s column dominating our basket of ~130 small cap gold plays this week:

Former cobalt play and #1 mover Twenty Seven Co (ASX:TSC) jumped 80 per cent on no news, prompting a ‘please explain’ from the ASX.

The explorer rolled out the ‘not aware of any info to explain the recent trading’ chestnut, before pointing to “highly encouraging” exploration results at the Rover project in December as a potential trigger.

Rover also happens to be in the same neighbourhood as high profile discoveries made by gold darling Spectrum Metals (ASX:SPX) and nickel-focused St George Mining (ASX:SGQ).

Yesterday, Klaus Eckhof-backed Amani Gold (ASX:ANL) announced some decent gold hits at the Peteku prospect, part of the Giro project in the DRC. An initial four-hole program underneath an artisanal open pit hit grades like 3m at 3.18g/t gold, just 36m from surface.

A follow-up 10-hole program is planned, targeting mineralisation along strike and deeper below the Peteku open pit.

NOW READ: Here’s why Amani Gold got Klaus Eckhof on its team

Here’s the best performing ASX small cap gold stocks for the period Dec 30- January 6 [intraday] >>>

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Ticker Name Price [intraday Monday] 1 Year Total Return 1 Week Total Return Market Cap
TSC TWENTY SEVEN CO 0.011 125 80 $ 9,753,951.00
VKA VIKING MINES 0.013 -28 30 $ 3,137,178.50
ANL AMANI GOLD 0.003 -29 25 $ 12,093,122.00
CTO CITIGOLD CORP 0.005 -29 25 $ 12,005,866.00
PDI PREDICTIVE DISCOVERY 0.01 -29 25 $ 4,859,336.50
WWI WEST WITS MINING 0.013 10 22 $ 8,437,779.00
NVA NOVA MINERALS 0.053 129 20 $ 48,470,000.00
SIH SIHAYO GOLD 0.018 -10 20 $ 37,759,860.00
KRM KINGSROSE MINING 0.028 -43 19 $ 19,710,198.00
CHN CHALICE GOLD MINES 0.26 79 18 $ 64,406,012.00
BLK BLACKHAM RESOURCES 0.0135 -68 18 $ 61,311,152.00
TAM TANAMI GOLD 0.042 2 17 $ 43,478,592.00
ALK ALKANE RESOURCES 0.62 215 15 $ 334,287,168.00
SVL SILVER MINES 0.115 88 14 $ 99,765,672.00
OKU OKLO RESOURCES 0.175 -36 14 $ 61,918,400.00
SMI SANTANA MINERALS 0.004 -33 14 $ 10,735,782.00
VAN VANGO MINING 0.165 0 14 $ 119,042,640.00
MML MEDUSA MINING 0.9 116 14 $ 170,391,328.00
BDC BARDOC GOLD 0.084 54 14 $ 111,207,856.00
MLL MALI LITHIUM 0.075 -52 13 $ 24,435,804.00
CDV CARDINAL RESOURCES 0.35 -23 11 $ 155,617,728.00
CAI CALIDUS RESOURCES 0.26 -14 11 $ 53,672,264.00
ARM AURORA MINERALS 0.01 -31 11 $ 2,108,399.00
BC8 BLACK CAT SYNDICATE 0.37 127 10 $ 26,937,478.00
WAF WEST AFRICAN RESOURCES 0.47 92 9 $ 369,953,504.00
ONX ORMINEX 0.08 -62 8 $ 43,128,172.00
CWX CARAWINE RESOURCES 0.24 33 7 $ 16,612,512.00
PUA PURE ALUMINA 0.016 -67 7 $ 3,548,173.25
PRX PRODIGY GOLD 0.07 -8 6 $ 37,740,796.00
RED RED 5 0.355 275 6 $ 410,878,144.00
CXU CAULDRON ENERGY 0.019 -5 6 $ 6,516,173.50
GBR GREAT BOULDER RESOURCES 0.038 -72 6 $ 5,338,160.00
BCN BEACON MINERALS 0.039 98 5 $ 111,486,672.00
AME ALTO METALS 0.039 -12 5 $ 10,561,456.00
TRY TROY RESOURCES 0.1 -14 4 $ 60,046,056.00
ERM EMMERSON RESOURCES 0.12 69 4 $ 46,733,928.00
RXL ROX RESOURCES 0.027 189 4 $ 36,448,680.00
EMR EMERALD RESOURCES 0.041 20 4 $ 121,938,104.00
ARL ARDEA RESOURCES 0.56 22 4 $ 59,823,220.00
BBX BBX MINERALS 0.14 -23 4 $ 55,807,880.00
BGL BELLEVUE GOLD 0.565 30 4 $ 304,904,288.00
CYL CATALYST METALS 3.07 68 4 $ 224,107,440.00
TIE TIETTO MINERALS 0.29 346 4 $ 84,429,432.00
STN SATURN METALS 0.305 56 3 $ 22,322,732.00
DGO DGO GOLD 0.95 48 3 $ 32,380,654.00
KWR KINGWEST RESOURCES 0.17 -6 3 $ 17,099,064.00
CMM CAPRICORN METALS 1.29 247 3 $ 399,461,152.00
SPX SPECTRUM METALS 0.072 1380 3 $ 99,757,096.00
GBZ GBM RESOURCES 0.037 -8 3 $ 6,445,556.00
NWM NORWEST MINERALS 0.2 26 3 $ 16,768,036.00
AQI ALICANTO MINERALS 0.043 48 2 $ 7,980,890.00
TLM TALISMAN MINING 0.091 7 2 $ 16,983,184.00
AOP APOLLO CONSOLIDATED 0.265 30 2 $ 52,046,988.00
NXM NEXUS MINERALS 0.046 -22 2 $ 5,320,825.00
DGR DGR GLOBAL 0.078 -35 1 $ 47,828,188.00
HRZ HORIZON MINERALS 0.085 -39 1 $ 36,377,892.00
RND RAND MINING 2.47 27 1 $ 141,348,912.00
NUS NUSANTARA RESOURCES 0.325 71 0 $ 60,851,120.00
DEG DE GREY MINING 0.0535 -53 0 $ 54,004,636.00
GMN GOLD MOUNTAIN 0.08 -1 0 $ 50,774,656.00
TTM TITAN MINERALS 0.175 -28 0 $ 50,416,344.00
FML FOCUS MINERALS 0.24 35 0 $ 43,859,656.00
AAR ANGLO AUSTRALIAN RESOURCES 0.096 3 0 $ 37,553,672.00
BSR BASSARI RESOURCES 0.015 -25 0 $ 35,633,324.00
AZM AZUMAH RESOURCES 0.033 27 0 $ 32,293,200.00
VMC VENUS METALS 0.18 17 0 $ 27,949,556.00
HAW HAWTHORN RESOURCES 0.08 95 0 $ 26,129,250.00
LNY LANEWAY RESOURCES 0.007 133 0 $ 26,040,462.00
GWR GWR GROUP 0.088 -12 0 $ 22,413,268.00
GML GATEWAY MINING 0.016 42 0 $ 21,433,856.00
MEU MARMOTA 0.024 47 0 $ 21,109,804.00
NAG NAGAMBIE RESOURCES 0.04 -43 0 $ 17,997,294.00
AGS ALLIANCE RESOURCES 0.105 -3 0 $ 17,714,408.00
HRN HORIZON GOLD 0.21 -5 0 $ 16,071,430.00
CGN CRATER GOLD MINING 0.012 -14 0 $ 14,729,950.00
OAU ORA GOLD 0.02 47 0 $ 13,568,749.00
AUC AUSGOLD 0.014 -46 0 $ 12,871,944.00
GMR GOLDEN RIM RESOURCES 0.012 -41 0 $ 12,792,627.00
HMX HAMMER METALS 0.022 -8 0 $ 11,665,577.00
ARS ALT RESOURCES 0.022 0 0 $ 11,162,213.00
A1G AFRICAN GOLD 0.17 0 $ 9,877,000.00
PGI PANTERRA GOLD 0.042 75 0 $ 8,195,949.50
MKG MAKO GOLD 0.07 -38 0 $ 7,047,310.00
GED GOLDEN DEEPS 0.024 -35 0 $ 6,734,605.50
ALY ALCHEMY RESOURCES 0.012 -24 0 $ 6,055,768.00
AWV ANOVA METALS 0.009 -18 0 $ 5,752,190.50
MSR MANAS RESOUCES 0.002 -50 0 $ 5,286,325.00
SFM SANTA FE MINERALS 0.07 -25 0 $ 5,097,315.00
MDI MIDDLE ISLAND RESOURCES 0.0045 13 0 $ 4,707,408.50
BNR BULLETIN RESOURCES 0.025 -7 0 $ 4,482,327.00
MTH MITHRIL RESOURCES 0.009 80 0 $ 4,413,503.00
GUL GULLEWA 0.028 8 0 $ 4,343,447.00
AYR ALLOY RESOURCES 0.002 -33 0 $ 4,177,354.75
TAR TARUGA MINERALS 0.011 -75 0 $ 3,514,883.25
MLS METALS AUSTRALIA 0.0015 -63 0 $ 3,207,352.75
GNM GREAT NORTHERN MINERALS 0.01 -78 0 $ 3,122,422.50
TMX TERRAIN MINERALS 0.004 0 0 $ 2,892,644.00
NES NELSON RESOURCES 0.06 -56 0 $ 2,735,570.75
TNR TORIAN RESOURCES 0.008 -60 0 $ 2,526,237.50
AVW AVIRA RESOURCES 0.002 -33 0 $ 2,250,000.00
CDT CASTLE MINERALS 0.009 13 0 $ 2,135,081.50
AAJ ARUMA RESOURCES 0.0025 -50 0 $ 2,128,241.75
MAU MAGNETIC RESOURCES 0.5 296 -1 $ 91,922,224.00
OKR OKAPI RESOURCES 0.096 -59 -1 $ 3,460,115.25
GSN GREAT SOUTHERN MINING 0.072 157 -1 $ 23,321,364.00
SLZ SULTAN RESOURCES 0.059 -8 -2 $ 2,857,518.00
RML RESOLUTION MINERALS 0.051 -30 -2 $ 5,693,347.50
ADN ANDROMEDA METALS 0.046 543 -2 $ 66,465,864.00
AMG AUSMEX MINING 0.08 22 -3 $ 43,751,976.00
LEX LEFROY EXPLORATION 0.185 3 -3 $ 18,590,048.00
E2M E2 METALS 0.18 125 -3 $ 17,455,260.00
BRB BREAKER RESOURCES 0.305 -22 -3 $ 67,082,824.00
KCN KINGSGATE CONSOLIDATED 0.425 137 -3 $ 95,014,896.00
MAT MATSA RESOURCES 0.12 -20 -4 $ 26,030,084.00
MOH MOHO RESOURCES 0.05 -65 -4 $ 2,306,083.75
GSM GOLDEN STATE MINING 0.07 -58 -5 $ 2,563,834.00
DAU DAMPIER GOLD 0.015 -59 -6 $ 3,047,776.00
ARV ARTEMIS RESOURCES 0.026 -80 -7 $ 26,285,128.00
BAR BARRA RESOURCES 0.022 -44 -8 $ 13,123,346.00
DTM DART MINING 0.09 -25 -10 $ 5,351,910.50
RGL RIVERSGOLD 0.009 -86 -10 $ 1,959,783.50
TBR TRIBUNE RESOURCES 5.4 38 -12 $ 305,266,624.00
KTA KRAKATOA RESOURCES 0.038 52 -12 $ 6,825,000.00
CY5 CYGNUS GOLD 0.038 -42 -14 $ 2,593,541.00
DHR DARK HORSE RESOURCES 0.003 -40 -14 $ 8,287,742.00
DTR DATELINE RESOURCES 0.003 25 -17 $ 16,420,156.00
SAU SOUTHERN GOLD 0.2 15 -18 $ 18,549,038.00
KGM KALNORTH GOLD MINES 0.006 25 -29 $ 5,365,440.50