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3 ASX stocks that beat the falling market today

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has fallen 0.6%, to close at 4,503.6 following offshore markets down. Overnight, both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 fell 0.5% on weaker than expected  US manufacturing data.

The Australian dollar has risen against the US dollar, currently buying 104.4 cents, despite the RBA’s 0.25% rate cut today.

These three stocks added more than 3%.

Linc Energy Limited (ASX: LNC) rose 6.9%, adding to the 4.4% of gains yesterday, to end at 77.5 cents. The company recently signed an agreement with South African company Exxaro Resources to jointly pursue Linc’s underground coal gasification (UCG) technology as a commercial business in Sub-Saharan Africa. Linc will receive fees as well as royalties under the agreement.

Graincorp Limited (ASX: GNC) climbed 3.2% to $12.32, after its suitor, US firm Archer Daniels Midland, raised its takeover offer from $11.75 per share to $12.20 a share. With the current price at a premium to the offer price, investors may be expecting a higher bid. Graincorp management have advised the market that they are reviewing the offer, but analysts expect the board to reject it and hold out for a higher offer.

Wotif.com Holdings Limited (ASX: WTF) shares rose 3.1% to close at $5.05, after broker CIMB said the company’s October announcement that it was raising its commission rate from 10% to 12% was a ‘game-changer’. The move should increase earnings certainty for the company, according to the broker, and Wotif still has further room to increase the commission rate, as 12% is still much cheaper than the majority of its competitors.

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