Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has closed flat at 5,112.5, with the gold sector the best performer, rising 2.6%, while health care was up 1.5% and consumer staples rose 1.4%. The worst performing sector was the telecommunications sector, dropping 3.5%

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

  • Kingsgate Consolidated (ASX:KCN) shot up 17.5% to $2.32
  • Billabong International (ASX:BBG) climbed 14.8% to 62 cents
  • St Barbara Limited (ASX:SBM) rose 13.5% to 75.5 cents
  • Perseus Mining (ASX:PRU) added 12.1% to 88 cents
  • Resolute Mining (ASX:RSG) finished up 11% at $1.01

These stocks were the losers on the day.

  • Fleetwood Corporation (ASX:FWD) dropped 17.7% to $3.40
  • BlueScope Steel (ASX:BSL) lost 14.1% to $4.70
  • Arrium (ASX:ARI) ex-OneSteel fell 5.7% to 98.5 cents
  • Linc Energy (ASX:LNC) slipped 4.5% to $1.605
  • Telstra Corporation (ASX:TLS) closed down 3.7% at $4.91

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Motley Fool writer/analyst Mike King owns shares in Kingsgate Consolidated and Telstra.

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