3 ASX stocks that jumped by more than 5% yesterday

No-one told these three companies the market was falling

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The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) fell 0.5% yesterday to close at 4,027.8, recovering from a 1% fall at midday, shrugging off the positive signs from Wall Street overnight, as – you guessed it – European economic news was front and centre with Spain becoming the fourth country to ask for financial help.

Despite the falling market, these three stocks all managed to rise by more than 5% yesterday.

Challenger Infrastructure Fund (ASX: CIF) climbed 6.6% to close at $1.29, as the company prepares to be wound up, following its agreement to sell its only remaining asset. Challenger agreed to sell its interests in Inexus Group yesterday to Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (Brookfield), for proceeds of £10m and a further £25.6m contingent on Inexus successfully refinancing its debt facilities, and Brookfield receiving antitrust regulatory approvals.

Challenger expects to pay 5 cents per security to unit holders on 31st August 2012, and a further distribution of $1.28 per security in September 2012. Should the company also receive the contingent payment (there is a risk that it won't), unit holders could expect to receive a further distribution of around 11 cents per security in December 2012, when the company is wound up.

Finbar Group Limited (ASX: FRI) enjoyed a 6.6% gain to close at $1.05, as the Perth based apartment developer raised its forecast profit by 16.5%. Finbar expects to report a full-year profit after tax of around $28m, up from the previously announced $24m. The company said the upgrade was due to a strong level of sales and settlements of recently completed apartment projects. Trading on a prospective P/E ratio of 8, and a potential dividend yield over 6%, fully franked, Finbar could be worthy of further research.

RCR Tomlinson Limited (ASX: RCR) saw its shares rise 5.5% to close at $1.74. The integrated engineering provider upgraded its 2012 financial year net profit after tax to be at least 15% higher than the previous year. RCR also announced that it has a strong order book, no debt and a record backlog going into the 2013 financial year. If you believe the resources boom still has some legs, RCR could be worthy of further research.

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