Why these 4 ASX shares started the week with a BANG

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has made a disappointing start to the week and in afternoon trade finds itself down 1.1% to 5,823 points.

Despite the market sinking lower, four shares in particular have managed to climb higher. Here’s why they have started the week strongly:

The Bubs Australia Ltd (ASX: BUB) share price is up 3% to 17 cents despite there being no news out of the growing infant formula and baby food company. Today’s gain will be a welcome relief to shareholders. After a strong start to life as a listed company, its shares have fallen 22% lower in the last three months.

The Hub24 Ltd (ASX: HUB) share price has jumped 6.5% to $4.77 after the software-as-a-service company announced record third quarter fund in-flows for its stockbroking and wealth management platform. Net inflows for the quarter were $418 million, increasing its total retail funds under administration to $4.7 billion.

The Kathmandu Holdings Ltd (ASX: KMD) share price is up 3% to $1.84 today. Although the adventure wear and outdoor activity retailer has struggled in recent times, today’s gain means its shares have now climbed 17% in the last 12 months. This makes it one of the better performers in the retail industry during the period.

The Think Childcare Ltd (ASX: TNK) share price has climbed almost 5% to $2.34 after the childcare operator announced that one of its incubators had secured a $25 million debt facility from the Moelis Australia Childcare Development Fund. This will provide a pipeline of newly developed, purpose built childcare centres around Australia for Think Childcare to acquire progressively over the next five years. I think this small-cap share is one to watch.

As well as Think Childcare I would be looking out for these explosive shares. Each looks set to smash the market over the next few years in my opinion.

Top 3 ASX Blue Chips To Buy In 2017

For many, blue chip stocks means stability, profitability and regular dividends, often fully franked..

But knowing which blue chips to buy, and when, can be fraught with danger.

The Motley Fool's in-house analyst team has poured over thousands of hours worth of proprietary research to bring you the names of "The Motley Fool's Top 3 Blue Chip Stocks for 2017."

Each one pays a fully franked dividend. Each one has not only grown its profits, but has also grown its dividend. One increased it by a whopping 33%, while another trades on a grossed up (fully franked) dividend yield of almost 7%.

If you're expecting to see the likes of Commonwealth Bank, Telstra and Wesfarmers shares on this list, you'll be sorely disappointed. Not only are their dividends growing at a snail's pace, their profits are under pressure too due to the increasing competitive environment.

The contrast to these "new breed" blue chips couldn't be greater... especially the very real prospect of significant share price gains, something that's looking less likely from the usual blue chip suspects.

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Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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