Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has closed down 0.2% at 5,149.4 as investors fret over the US political stalemate and its up-coming debt ceiling issue. Most sectors ended in the red, with just Health care and the Utilities sectors posting a positive result.

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

These stocks were the losers on the day.

  • Cudeco (ASX: CDU) dropped 9.8% to $1.805
  • Paladin Energy (ASX: PDN) slumped another 5.2% to 46 cents
  • Magellan Financial Group (ASX: MFG) fell 5% to $9.70
  • Decmil Group (ASX: DCG) lost 4.9% to $2.14
  • Resolute Mining (ASX: RSG) slipped 4.1% to 58.5 cents

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