3 ASX stocks that beat the index on Thursday

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) rose 1.3% to close at 4,108.6 on Thursday, as investors bet on further stimulus from global central banks, and local news that employers added 39,000 jobs in May, mainly thanks to the mining boom.

These three stocks climbed by more than 5.5%, out-performing the index by a decent margin.

Dart Energy Ltd (ASX: DTE) rocketed up 8.1% to 20 cents, as the company received Federal and NSW government approval to drill pilot coal seam gas wells, north-east of Newcastle. The company suggested that it could lead to further gas sales and an increase in reserves.

Aquarius Platinum Limited (ASX: AQP) jumped 7.4% to close at $1.085, continuing its rise from a 52 week low of 91.5 cents set this week, as mining stocks recover somewhat from the hammering they have taken over in the last year. Aquarius Platinum’s share price has tanked since June 2011, falling from above $5, as production of platinum declined by 14%, compounded by a 21% fall in the price of platinum, global economic uncertainty and regulatory issues.

Charter Hall Group (ASX: CHC) rose 5.8% to close at $2.36. The property fund manager has recently completed an off-market buy-back, purchasing and cancelling close to 12m shares since December 2011. The company has also been active in the industrial property market, buying Woolworths Limited’s (ASX: WOW) Masters Hardware National Distribution Centre in Melbourne for $39.4m last week.

It wasn’t all good news though, with Brambles Limited (ASX: BXB) sliding 5.5% to $6.42, as the company reported that it had only raised $333m from its institutional share placement instead of the $448m it was seeking. Qantas Limited (ASX: QAN) continued to fall, diving by 5.8% to an all-time low of $1.06, following its profit downgrade earlier in the week.

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