Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has added 0.2% to 5,135.4, with the gold sector jumping 4.9% after the spot gold price climbed over the weekend. A slump in US home sales could also see the US Federal Reserve delay its planned tapering of economic stimulus measures.

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

  • St Barbara (ASX:SBM) shot up 17.7% to 93 cents
  • Medusa Mining (ASX:MML) rose 6.9% to $2.80
  • Kingsgate Consolidated (ASX:KCN) added 6% to $2.81
  • Horizon Oil (ASX:HZN) climbed 5.9% to 36 cents
  • Mineral Deposits (ASX:MDL) moved up 5.8% to $2.72

These stocks were the losers on the day.

  • Boart Longyear (ASX:BLY) plunged 11.7% to 49 cents
  • M2 Telecommunications (ASX:MTU) lost 4.8% to $6.72
  • WorleyParsons (ASX:WOR) fell 4.5% to $22.08
  • Energy World Corporation (ASX:EWC) dropped 4% to 48.5 cents
  • Western Areas (ASX:WSA) slipped 3.8% to $3.30

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Motley Fool writer/analyst Mike King owns shares in Kingsgate Consolidated and M2 Telecommunications.

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