Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has closed up 0.3% at 5,017.1, with the gold sector rising 3.9% on the back of a jump in the spot gold price overnight. Energy was the worst performing sector, dropping 0.9%.

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

  • Sirius Resources (ASX:SIR) jumped 13% to $2.34
  • Transfield Services (ASX:TSE) rose 6.7% to 96 cents
  • PanAust Limited (ASX:PNA) added 5.6% to $1.995
  • Newcrest Mining (ASX:NCM) continues its recovery, rising 5.4% to $12.60
  • Alacer Gold Corp (ASX:AQG) rose 5.3% to $2.80.

These stocks were the losers on the day.

  • Resolute Mining (ASX:RSG) dropped 6.3% to 75 cents
  • Atlas Iron Limited (ASX:AGO) fell 6.2% to 83.5 cents
  • Perseus Mining (ASX:PRU) lost 5.5% to 60 cents
  • Aquila Resources (ASX:AQA) ended at $2.09, down 3.2%
  • Medusa Mining (ASX:MML) also closed down 3.2% at $2.13.

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Motley Fool writer/analyst Mike King owns shares in Sirius Resources.

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