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WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Small caps are back. After a miserable 2008, some momentum has returned to the Venture Exchange. The S&P/TSX venture composite index is actually one of the best performing indexes in North and South America this year, up 22 per cent. It's a long way back from a 71-per-cent loss last year, but it's a start. Let's see what stocks are leading the charge.

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MORE ABOUT TODAY'S SCREEN

It's a simple screen today, ranking small caps by return for the year to date. Have a look at the moving averages by price and volume over 50 and 200 days to see if momentum is improving or faltering. If the 50-day averages are higher than the 200-day averages then it is a sign that the stock has more legs.

We'll stick to stocks that are trading above 25 cents for this screen so that we can get some meaningful percentage changes. That narrows the number of stocks to be ranked to 474 from more than 2000 on the Venture Exchange.

WHAT DID WE FIND OUT?

More than half the stocks on the list are up this year and about one third have returns in excess of 20 per cent. Speculative mining stocks are on the move again. The top name, Southern Arc Minerals Inc. is exploring for gold and copper in Indonesia.

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Small caps on the Venture Exchange, ranked by YTD return
50-day 50-day 200-day 200-day
$ Price 52-wk 52-wk YTD % 1-yr % moving avg daily moving avg daily
Company name Symbol Mar. 25 high $ low $ price chg price chg average $ volume average $ volume
Southern Arc Minerals SA-X 0.38 0.78 0.05 533.3 -46.5 0.17 74,203 0.20 125,478
Bluepoint Data Storage BLP-X 0.30 0.42 0.04 436.4 15.7 0.09 23,278 0.14 8,170
Guildhall Minerals GDM.H-X 0.32 0.70 0.06 392.3 -23.8 0.16 20,876 0.42 12,445
Gleichen Resources GRL-X 0.47 0.58 0.09 327.3 40.3 0.26 23,383 0.26 20,267
Amex Exploration AMX-X 0.33 0.37 0.05 282.4 47.7 0.25 82,445 0.16 28,185
Ascot Resources AOT-X 0.36 1.28 0.05 260.0 -60.0 0.26 65,915 0.29 101,745
Northern Freegold Res. NFR-X 0.57 0.90 0.14 235.3 -3.4 0.52 228,355 0.43 124,395
Louvem Mines LOV-X 1.24 1.25 0.25 226.3 148.0 0.71 16,832 0.46 5,341
Avion Resources AVR-X 0.28 0.68 0.04 223.5 -27.6 0.19 131,517 0.21 94,902
QHR Technologies QHR-X 0.47 0.47 0.14 213.3 59.3 0.29 15,406 0.23 10,279
SNS Silver SNS-X 0.27 0.76 0.05 211.8 -65.1 0.21 191,493 0.19 145,221
Coniagas Resources CNY-X 0.40 0.55 0.06 207.7 33.3 0.32 68,370 0.22 25,623
West High Yield Res. WHY-X 0.39 0.45 0.09 200.0 6.9 0.22 54,693 0.18 43,231
Intercable ICH ICH-X 0.36 1.28 0.03 200.0 -53.9 0.28 12,648 0.45 14,901
Seair Inc. SDS-X 1.47 3.00 0.35 194.0 -36.1 0.71 8,878 1.10 12,085
Sparrow Ventures SPW.P-X 0.44 0.45 0.08 193.3 0.29 22,200 0.23 12,020
East Asia Minerals EAS-X 0.52 1.85 0.12 188.9 -70.3 0.43 84,316 0.54 123,328
Genterra Inc. GIC-X 0.60 0.75 0.20 179.1 71.4 0.34 4,598 0.30 4,093
Silverstone Resources SST-X 1.89 2.95 0.35 177.9 -32.0 1.10 904,528 1.16 409,385
Maya Gold & Silver MYA-X 0.40 0.45 0.10 175.9 0.33 47,830 0.24 22,050
Mega Silver MSR-X 0.72 1.70 0.15 171.7 -55.6 0.54 64,147 0.47 53,212
Alberta Oilsands AOS-X 0.28 1.14 0.08 166.7 -56.3 0.15 383,065 0.32 233,149
Rockgate Capital RGT-X 0.39 1.15 0.10 165.5 -30.0 0.33 168,294 0.45 109,815
Stina Resource SQA-X 0.59 1.41 0.17 162.2 -41.0 0.47 12,078 0.58 15,389
Romarco Minerals R-X 0.45 0.49 0.09 161.8 161.8 0.33 396,710 0.20 196,526
Avante Security ASY-X 0.39 0.50 0.15 160.0 25.8 0.31 20,360 0.35 8,660
Chesapeake Gold CKG.WT-X 1.95 3.50 0.75 153.3 -37.1 1.63 1,561 2.19 1,246
SOURCE: GLOBE INVESTOR
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