The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) dropped 0.9% to close at 4,349.2.

The index has now lost 4% since last Thursday, as concerns over Europe sovereign debt issues and the US fiscal cliff weighed on investors’ minds. An Israeli air-strike in Gaza, which killed the leader of Hamas, hasn’t helped, with fears the region could erupt into a full scale conflict.

The Australian dollar was down against the US dollar, currently buying 103.6 cents.

These three stocks rose more than 3%.

Myer Holdings Limited (ASX: MYR) climbed 6.5% to close at $2.13, after the company reported its first rise in quarterly sales since re-listing on the ASX in 2009. A rise in consumer sentiment and warmer weather contributed to first quarter sales rising by 1%. A report by the Australian Retailers Association suggests that spending between now and Christmas should reach $41.2 billion, a 3.9% rise over the same period last year.

Seven West Media (ASX: SWM) added 5.7%, to finish at $1.395 after broker Deutsche Bank upgraded the company to ‘buy’ this morning. Analysts suggested that Seven West’s earnings and operating cash flow should ease its gearing. Management’s focus on cost management, expanding its digital business and extracting greater synergies across the company should also bring further benefits. With close to $4 billion of intangibles, $1.9 billion of debt and concerns over the future of free-to-air TV and print newspapers, this is one stock Foolish investors would be better off avoiding.

Gindalbie Metals Group (ASX: GBG) rose 3.4% to end at 30.5 cents after the company announced that it had produced the first magnetite (iron ore) concentrate from its Karara project. The first stage of the project has an 8 million tonnes a year capacity and plans to be running at full steam within six months. With China’s Anshan Steel as its partner, Gindalbie appears to have some of the downside risk of falling iron ore prices covered.

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