3 ASX stocks that shook off the gloom on Friday


The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) fell 12.4 points, or 0.3% to close at 4,063.9 on Friday, as data on Chinese manufacturing raised fears that China’s growth is slowing faster than expected. The Chinese export sector also relies on Europe to buy about a fifth of its output, suggesting any pain in Europe is likely to felt in Australia.

These three stocks went against the trend to beat the market, rising by more than 2%.

Telstra Limited (ASX: TLS) rose 2.5% to close at $3.64, as investors seek stable, high dividend yielding companies. Despite the price rise, Telstra is still trading on a dividend yield of 7.7%, and the company is likely to continue paying a 28 cent dividend annually, at least for the next couple of years.  Telstra is also reported to be interested in private-equity owned Nine Entertainment (Nine). Shareholders should  be hoping Telstra walks away from Nine, with its enormous debt of $3.8bn. The company recently abandoned  talks to buy James Packer’s stake in Consolidated Media Holdings Limited (ASX: CMJ).

Ansell Limited (ASX: ANN) closed at $14.50, up 2.1%. The health care sector is generally regarded as a safe haven in volatile markets and investors flocked to Ansell on Friday. Most listed healthcare stocks are unaffected by commodity prices or a slowdown in Chinese growth.

CSL Limited (ASX: CSL) has seen its share price rise 17.3% in the last six months, while  Ramsay Health Care Limited (ASX: RHC), shares have risen 19% in the last year, hitting an all-time record high of $22.05 on Friday, before closing at $21.60.

Westfield Group (ASX: WDC) was also up 2.1%, closing at $9.28. The company has seen its share price rise 11.8% in the last six months, compared to the index, which fell 5.2% over the same period. Westfield is another company regarded as a relatively safe stock. With billions of dollars invested in shopping centres globally, Westfield is a favourite amongst analysts tipped to out-perform the general market.

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