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Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has had another lack lustre day rising just 0.2% to finish at 4,993.4. Our market clearly followed the lead from overseas, where the Dow Jones Industrial Average added a measly 0.1% and the S&P 500 managed a barely better 0.3%. That’s despite US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke saying that the timeline to end its easing program was not set in stone, suggesting we could see significant stimulus measures for some time yet.

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

  • Copper miner Discovery Metals (ASX:DML) added 12.9% to close at 17.5 cents.
  • Billabong International (ASX:BBG) added 9% to 36.5 cents.
  • Drilling services company Boart Longyear (ASX:BLY) rose 8% to 60.5 cents.
  • Emeco Holdings (ASX:EHL) closed at 29 cents, up 7.4%.
  • Horizon Oil (ASX:HZN) was up 7% to 38 cents.

These stocks were the losers on the day.

  • Pharmaceuticals company Acrux (ASX:ACR) lost 8.5% to finish at $3.46.
  • Theme park and entertainment centre owner Ardent Leisure (ASX:AAD) fell 4.9% to $1.74.
  • Australia’s largest gold miner, Newcrest Mining (ASX:NCM) continues its volatile trading, falling 4.5% to $10.95.
  • Pacific Brands (ASX:PBG) lost 4.3% to close at 77.5 cents.
  • Kingsgate Consolidated (ASX:KCN) fell 4.2% to $1.595.

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

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