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ASX closes down 0.2% as US political issues dog the markets

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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.

  • Alacer Gold (ASX: AQG) gained 4.8% to $3.30
  • Atlas Iron (ASX: AGO) added 4.7% to 89.5 cents
  • Cardno (ASX: CDD) rose 4.6% to $6.09
  • GWA Group (ASX: GWA) closed up 3.6% to $3.13
  • Aurora Oil & Gas (ASX: AUT) ended 3.5% higher at $3.29

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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