3 ASX stocks that beat the market on Wednesday


The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) fell 20.2 points, or 0.5% to close at 4,094.2 yesterday, as Europe’s woes continue to dampen enthusiasm for equities.

These three stocks went against the trend and closed up more than 3%.

Cabcharge Australia Limited (ASX: CAB) jumped 7.2% to close at $6.41, continuing its rise of more than 50% since October 2011. Cabcharge holds a virtual monopoly on mobile electronic taxi payment systems, as well as a stake inthe largest private bus and coach operator in Australia. Europe’s issues and a slow-down in China’s growth are unlikely to have any material effect on Cabcharge, possibly why investors have been flocking to the stock. A fully franked dividend yield of near 6% certainly helps too.

Bathurst Resources limited (ASX: BTU) rose 3.5% to close at 44 cents. Despite the rise yesterday, the stock is still trading near one-year lows, having fallen from $1.27. Fears of a slow-down in China’s demand for steel and coking coal have driven many coal-mining stocks down, Bathurst included. Despite the fears, analysts are overwhelmingly bullish on the stock with five out of six analysts rating the stock a ‘buy’ or ‘strong buy’. Bathurst is a New Zealand coal producer, and expects to produce its maiden profit in financial year 2013.

OneSteel Limited (ASX: OST) also climbed 3.5% to close at $1.04 as the stock continues to yo-yo. Just last week the stock fell by 8% in one day. Caught between investors seeking stocks trading at all time lows, investors shorting the stock, and captive to commodities prices, OneSteel is likely to continue its rollercoaster ride for a while yet.

Other notable stocks rising yesterday included Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited (ASX: BEN), which rose 2.6% to close at $7.40, and GWA International Limited (ASX: GWA), also up 2.6% to close at $1.99.

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