Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has dropped 0.4% to 5,276.7, with the miners and banks dragging the index down. The utilities and telecommunications sectors were the best performers, rising 0.9% and 0.7% respectively, while the information technology sector dropped 1.3% and health care lost 1%.

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

  • Energy World Corporation (ASX: EWC) climbed 5.4% to 48.5 cents
  • Invocare (ASX: IVC) rose 2.75% to $11.23
  • Origin Energy (ASX: ORG) added 2.7% to $14.45
  • Federation Centres (ASX:FDC) ex-Centro closed up 2.3% at $2.22
  • David Jones (ASX: DJS) saw a rise of 2.1%, ending at $2.91

These stocks were the losers on the day.

  • Billabong International (ASX: BBG) dropped 11.6% to 42 cents
  • Decmil Group (ASX: DCG) lost 9.2% to $2.26
  • Transfield Services (ASX: TSE) fell 6.3% to $1.11
  • Kingsgate Consolidated (ASX: KCN) slipped 6% to $1.795
  • Mineral Deposits (ASX: MDL) closed down 5.9% at $3.04

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