Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has dropped 0.1% to finish at 5,111.3, on a low volume day thanks to a bank holiday in NSW. Gold was the best performing sector, rising more than 2%, while the A-REIT (property trust) sector was the worst, dropping 0.8%.

The Australian dollar continued its slide, on the back of weak retail sales figures out today, currently buying 88.9 US cents.

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

  • Resolute Mining (ASX:RSG) jumped 10.5% to 79 cents
  • Buru Energy (ASX:BRU) rose 7.9% to $1.845
  • Northern Star Resources (ASX:NST) climbed 7.6% to 85 cents
  • Silver Lake Resources (ASX:SLR) added 7.3% to 74 cents
  • Medusa Mining (ASX:MML) finished at $2.17, a rise of 5.9%

These stocks were the losers on the day

  • Paladin Energy (ASX:PDN) dropped 27.5% to 72.5 cents
  • Virgin Australia Holdings (ASX:VAH) fell 4.4% to 43.5 cents after a profit warning
  • Emeco Holdings (ASX:EHL) lost 3.9% to 24.5 cents
  • Telecom Corporation of New Zealand (ASX:TEL) closed down 3.9% at $2.00
  • Senex Energy (ASX:SXY) ended at 75 cents, a fall of 3.2%

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

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