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3 ASX stocks that thumped the market yesterday

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) added 0.7%, to close at 4,516.5 yesterday, with the market spiking higher in late trading, after TV networks announced that Barack Obama had won victory in the US presidential election. Our market followed the strong leads from Wall Street, which was up 1% the previous night.

The Australian dollar has continued its rise against the US dollar, finishing the trading day buying 104.6 cents.

These three stocks were the best performers in the ASX 200 index, rising more than 5%.

OceanaGold Corporation (ASX: OGC) climbed 25 cents, or 7.9% to $3.43, after investment firm, Goldman Sachs added the company to its high conviction list, suggesting the company will see considerable earnings growth in the 2013 financial year, due to commissioning of its Didipio gold and copper project in the Philippines this quarter. The project is expected to increase production, lower cash costs and improve both cash flows and return on equity.

Perseus Mining Limited (ASX: PRU) added 16 cents, rising 6.6% to close at $2.58, perhaps as investors take advantage of the slump in the share price over the past month. Perseus shares were trading close to $3 in early October. A positive analyst recommendation, and an outperform rating may have helped too.

Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited (ASX: SAR) also rose 6.6%, ending at 48.5 cents, after the company announced that it had secured several finance facilities from Macquarie Group (ASX: MQG). The majority of the funds will be used to expand its open pit operations, and upgrade its processing plant, with first gold from the expanded pit expected in the September quarter 2013. The news should mean the company won’t need to ask shareholders to contribute additional funds in the short to medium term.

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