Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

ASX closes down 0.5%, as investors worry about an extended US government shutdown

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The聽S&P / ASX 200 Index聽(Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has closed down 0.5% at 5,208, following the lead from offshore markets as investors become more nervous about the US government stalemate and the looming debt ceiling issue. Markets are concerned that the US could default if it doesn鈥檛 raise its debt ceiling before October 17, which could spread chaos through the global markets.

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

These stocks were the losers on the day.

  • NRW Holdings (ASX: NWH) fell 7.8% to $1.355
  • Paladin Energy (ASX: PDN) dropped 6% to 47 cents
  • Leighton Holdings (ASX: LEI) lost 4.6% to $16.74
  • Energy World Corporation (ASX: EWC) slipped 4.1% to 46.4 cents
  • Panaust (ASX: PNA) closed down 3.8% at $2.04


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