Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

ASX climbs for sixth straight session, adding 0.4%

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has record its sixth straight day of gains, rising 0.4% to 5,373.1. The Information technology sector gained 2.1%, followed by metals & mining on 1.5% and materials with a gain of 1.3%.

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

  • SMS Management & Technology (ASX: SMX) climbed 6.4% to $4.64
  • Atlas Iron (ASX: AGO) rose 6.1% to $1.05
  • Bradken (ASX: BKN) gained 5.7% to $6.45
  • Alacer Gold Corp (ASX: AQG) added 4.6% to $2.99
  • McMillan Shakespeare (ASX: MMS) closed up 4.5% at $12.81

These stocks were the losers on the day.

  • Sundance Resources (ASX: SDL) crashed down 15.4% to 11 cents
  • Qantas Airways (ASX: QAN) dropped 3.3% to $1.305
  • Dexus Property Group (ASX: DXS) lost 3.2% to $1.05
  • Forge Group (ASX: FGE) fell 3.2% to $4.88
  • Downer EDI (ASX: DOW) closed down 2.9% at $5.00

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