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Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has dropped 0.5% to 5,252.3, with the gold sector hammered down 6.2%, as the gold price dropped. Our market followed the lead of offshore markets, with the Dow Jones and S&P 500 both slammed, losing 1.2% and 0.8% respectively.

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

  • STW Communications (ASX: SGN) added 3.7% to $1.67
  • Atlas Iron (ASX: AGO) climbed 3.6% to 85.5 cents
  • JB Hi-Fi Limited (ASX: JBH) rose 3.2% to $20.38
  • Energy World Corporation (ASX: EWC) added 3.1% to 50 cents
  • Paladin Energy (ASX: PDN) gained 2.8% to 54.5 cents

These stocks were the losers on the day.

  • Perseus Mining (ASX: PRU) was slammed down 15.7% to 56.5 cents
  • Alacer Gold Corp (ASX: AQG) dropped 12.4% to $3.18
  • Newcrest Mining (ASX: NCM) lost 8.2% to $12.03
  • Silver Lake Resources (ASX: SLR) fell 7.7% to 77.5 cents
  • Boart Longyear (ASX: BLY) slipped 7.1% to 45.5 cents

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Motley Fool writer/analyst Mike King doesn’t own shares in any companies mentioned.

 

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