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Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) ran out of steam around midday after rising 1.3%, sliding into the close, before managing to pick itself up off the canvas with a final rally and end up 0.4% at 4,901.4. China trade data released today showed an unexpected decline and a slowdown would have a negative effect on Australia’s economy.

Here are the top five best performing stocks in the index.

Bradken Limited (ASX:BKN) gained 7.2% to hit $4.76, with Energy World Corporation (ASX:EWC) rising 5.9% to end at 45 cents. Mount Gibson Iron (ASX:MGX) added 5.9% to end at 54.5 cents, while Linc Energy (ASX:LNC) climbed 5.6% to finish at $1.13. Gold miner Resolute Mining (ASX:RSG) added 5.4%, finished at 59 cents.

These stocks were the losers on the day.

Billabong International (ASX:BBG) dropped more than 10%, to close at 21.5 cents, Fleetwood Corporation (ASX:FWD) also fell by more than 10%, to finish at $4.13. Copper miner Discovery Metals (ASX:DML) lost 8.1% to close at 17 cents. Another copper miner, Cudeco (ASX:CDU), fell 6.3% to $1.72 while mining services company Emeco Holdings (ASX:EHL) dropped 4.2% to finish at 23 cents.

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Motley Fool writer/analyst Mike King owns shares in Billabong.

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