Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has closed lower by 0.2% at 5,422, as several large cap stocks went ex-dividend. Overnight, the US Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.8%, while the S&P 500 rose 0.4%. The Australian dollar is slightly lower against the greenback, currently buying 94.7 US cents.

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

  • Mesoblast (ASX: MSB) climbed 4.6% to $6.36
  • JB Hi-Fi (ASX: JBH) rose 3.6% to $22.82
  • Ramsay Health Care (ASX: RHC) added 3.2% to $39.05
  • Harvey Norman Holdings (ASX: HVN) gained 2.8% to $3.33
  • Premier Investments (ASX: PMV) closed up 2.7% at $8.02

These stocks were the losers on the day.

  • Ausdrill (ASX: ASL) was smashed down 28.7% to 98 cents
  • St Barbara (ASX: SBM) dropped 15.7% to 35 cents
  • NRW Holdings (ASX: NWH) fell 6.3% to $1.20
  • Oceanagold Corporation (ASX: OGC) lost 5.7% to $1.815
  • Boart Longyear (ASX: BLY) closed down 5% at 38 cents

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Motley Fool writer/analyst Mike King doesn’t own shares in any companies mentioned. You can follow Mike on Twitter @TMFKinga

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