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5 ASX stocks that jumped sharply yesterday

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) rose just 9.2 points to close virtually flat at 4,072.9 yesterday, as investors ignored the latest solution to prop up Spanish banks, and instead looked toward this weekend’s Greek elections. Whatever the result, (unless it’s unclear), I expect the markets to move significantly up or down early next week, depending of course, on how investors see the outcome.

Despite the flat market, these five stocks managed to thump the market.

Vision Eye Institute (ASX: VEI) jumped 12.7% to close at 31 cents, with more than 339,000 shares changing hands, more than the total number of shares traded last week. With no news from the company, the shares may just as quickly make the return trip down. At the time of writing, the shares had fallen 8% to 28.5 cents.

Qantas Airways Limited (ASX: QAN) rebounded 10.8% to close at $1.075 erasing the fall of 8.5% on Friday. Perhaps at these prices, investors can see some value in the stock, despite the company’s profit downgrade, losses within its International division and the massive fuel bill of $4.4bn.

ThinkSmart Limited (ASX: TSM) rose 2 cents, or 9.8% to close at 22.5 cents, and is up 6.7% in trading today. The most likely cause for the rise was an article in yesterday’s The Australian, where Chief Executive, Ned Montarello suggested that the company’s current P/E ratio of less than four is “ridiculous value”. Montarello also believes that earnings will soar from next year, partly because of a change in accounting method for revenues. Revenues will be booked over the life of the contract, rather than upfront, as it is now – a move that will hurt earnings this year, but lead to more normalised earnings from 2013.

BlueScope Steel Limited (ASX: BSL) rose 9.6% to 28.5 cents after the company advised the market that it had no plans to raise equity. The stock hit a record low of 26 cents last week after the Australian Tax Office (ATO) said the company could be liable to pay a $201m tax bill. BlueScope has indicated that it will fight the ATO, but the uncertainty of the outcome may well keep the company’s share price in the doldrums.

Tamawood Limited (ASX: TWD) rose 14 cents, or 7.4% to close at $2.04, but in trading today, has fallen by 5.6% to $1.92. Since the 9th May 2012, the company’s share price has yo-yoed between $1.90 and $2.06, despite Tamawood upgrading its profit forecast for the 2012 financial year to $8.5m. If the company meets its forecast, the stock is trading on a prospective P/E of 8.9, and a dividend yield around 8.3%, fully franked too. I’ve written about Tamawood before, and indicated I was sitting on the sidelines at the time. The profit upgrade and lack of price momentum suggests Tamawood could now be worthy of adding to the watchlist.

Some companies took a big hit yesterday, with Ten Network Holdings Limited (ASX: TEN) crashing 18% to close at 52.5 cents as the company raised $161m from institutional investors at a deeply discounted price of 51 cents a share. Freedom Foods Group Limited (ASX: FNP) and Village Roadshow Limited (ASX: VRL) both slumped by more than 6.5%, but both stocks have recovered much of their respective falls in trading so far today.

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