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3 ASX stocks that were slammed yesterday

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) rose 2% to close at 4,136.9 – the market’s best day in five months, as Greece’s pro-austerity parties claimed a victory in the weekend elections. These 3 stocks didn’t fare as well, falling by 3.6% or more.

Gloucester Coal Limited (ASX: GCL) fell a huge 41.9% to close at $4.11, as the stock went ex-entitlement to a special dividend and capital return totalling $3.15. The company is paying shareholders a capital return of $2.68 and a special dividend of 47 cents per share, as part of the company’s merger with Yancoal Australia.

SP AusNet (ASX: SPN) slumped by 8.8% to close at $1.035 after issuing 87m shares to retail investors at $1.00 per share as part of its $434m capital raising. According to the company, the proceeds will be used to expand its asset base and other growth opportunities (read: acquisitions). SP AusNet manages a $6.3 billion electricity and gas network that services more than 1 million customers throughout Victoria.

Echo Entertainment Group Limited (ASX: EGP) fell 3.6% to close at $4.33, as the company begins its 1 for 5 rights offer which is expected to raise $454m. Shareholders have been offered new shares at a price of $3.30. The proceeds will be used to pay down debt, as part of an agreement with Echo’s bankers.

Other losers include OceanaGold Corporation (ASX: OGC) down 3.4% to $2.01 and Seven West Media Limited (ASX: SWM), down 3.2% to $2.13.

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