Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has bounced back from early heavy losses to finish up 0.1% at 5,092.4, after US markets showed modest gains overnight. The Dow Jones and the S&P 500 both added 0.3%, while in Europe the UK’s FTSE 100 lost 0.2%. Locally, the gold sector lost more than 4%, despite the gold price rising above US$1,400 an ounce. The Aussie dollar is currently buying 89.7 US cents.

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

  • Transfield Services (ASX:TSE) shot up 22.2% to $1.10
  • Ausdrill (ASX:ASL) climbed 15% to $1.455
  • Qantas Airways (ASX:QAN) flew up 13.8% to $1.40
  • Boart Longyear (ASX:BLY) added 8.1% to 47 cents
  • Senex Energy (ASX:SXY) rose 5.6% to 76 cents

These stocks were the losers on the day.

  • Kingsgate Consolidated (ASX:KCN) slumped 22.6% to $2.12
  • St Barbara (ASX:SBM) dropped 15.9% to 74 cents
  • Billabong International (ASX:BBG) lost 11.3% to 43 cents
  • Perseus Mining (ASX:PRU) also fell 11.3% to 71 cents
  • Silver Lake Resources (ASX:SLR) slipped 9.7% to 93 cents

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