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Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) gained 0.7% to close at 5,181.5, buoyed by upbeat Chinese trade and inflation data. The gold sector showed the biggest gains, rising 3.4%, while materials and metals & mining both posted gains of more than 1%. The utilities and consumer staples sectors both finished in the red, down 0.6% and 0.1% respectively.

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

  • Emeco Holdings (ASX:EHL) climbed 11% to 25 cents
  • Mount Gibson Iron (ASX:MGX) jumped 8.5% to 83 cents
  • Boart Longyear (ASX:BLY) rose 7.8% to 55.5 cents
  • Senex Energy (ASX:SXY) added 6.5% to 82.5 cents
  • Beadell Resources (ASX:BDR) closed up 6% to 88.5 cents

These stocks were the losers on the day.

  • Discovery Metals (ASX:DML) dropped 7.7% to 12 cents
  • McMillan Shakespeare (ASX:MMS) slipped 5.4% to $12.68
  • Monadelphous (ASX:MND) fell 3.9% to $19.90
  • Billabong International (ASX:BBG) lost 3.4% to 43 cents
  • Horizon Oil (ASX:HZN) closed down 2.9% at 33 cents


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