Three stocks outperforming the market

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has fallen 14.6 points, or 0.3%, to 4,490.7 today, despite big falls in global markets overnight. In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.8%, while the S&P 500 fell 1%, on the back of falling technology stocks.

Most European markets fell, with the UK’s FTSE 100 dropping 0.5%, after European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi said that while Greece was making progress on reforming its economy, “the road ahead is still long and it’s uphill”.

The Australian dollar is currently buying around 102.1 US cents, potentially boosted by a rise in iron ore prices.

These three stocks went against the tide and saw positive gains.

Qantas Airways Limited (ASX: QAN) rose 3.5% to close at $1.33. According to media reports, speculation that the company might demerge its frequent flyer business continues to do the rounds, and that may have had something to do with the rise today. The fact that two Qantas planes almost collided over Darwin last week, didn’t seem to dampen investors’ enthusiasm.

Woodside Petroleum (ASX: WPL) added 1.6% to end at $34.10, as crude oil prices rose overnight. Australia’s largest independent oil and gas producer has seen its share price rise by over 4% since Monday. Japan’s decision last month to phase out nuclear power, could see Australian LNG producers benefit. More than $180 billion has been invested in LNG projects in Australia, which has put us on track to become the world’s largest exporter by 2020.

Senex Energy (ASX: SXY) rose 5.4% to close at 68 cents, after the oil and gas explorer and producer announced that it had had another drilling success at its Snatcher oil field, in South Australia – which is 40% owned by Beach Energy Limited (ASX: BPT). The new well appears to confirm that the Snatcher oil field extends to the north. (In other words, Senex seems to have a decent sized oil field on its hands). Senex is currently targeting oil production of 1 million barrels in 2012/13.

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