3 ASX stocks that lost more than 5% today

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has fallen 0.1%, after US markets were closed overnight for Thanksgiving. With virtually no leads, the market fell early, but then recovered much of the falls over the course of the day. The Utilities sector was the best performer, rising 1%, while the Information Technology sector was the worst, losing 0.6%.

The Australian dollar was steady against the US dollar, currently buying 104.0 cents.

These three stocks, all servicing the resources sector, fell more than 5%.

Ausdrill Limited (ASX: ASL) saw its shares crunched by 14.6%, to end at $2.10, after management revised financial year 2013 revenue growth to 20%, while net profit is expected to grow 15%, which was below analysts’ estimates. The sector wide slowdown for Australian mining services companies has seen most of those companies hammered. With a significant debt load, Ausdrill may soon be at the mercy of its bankers if conditions continue to deteriorate.

ALS Limited (ASX: ALQ), ex-Campbell Brothers, shares fell 7.5% to close at $8.69, after the company reported that net profit after tax for the financial year ending March 2013, will be in the range of $235 to $255 million. The company also announced that its Reward Distribution was struggling in a contracting market and the company was seeing a decline in geochemical sample flow, due to subdued sentiment in the exploration sector. That has implications for the company’s minerals division – its largest.

Construction and engineering firm, Decmil Group Limited (ASX: DCG) lost 5.9% to end at $2.41, possibly by association with the mining services sector. Primarily a builder, operator and owner of accommodation villages, similar to Fleetwood Corporation (ASX: FWD), Decmil’s share price has experienced a bumpy ride since February and despite its ups and downs, is still trading around the same price it was then.

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