Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has gained just 0.1% at 5,357.0, with a big fall at the close, following the flat performance of the US Dow Jones index overnight. That was despite the NASDAQ index topping 4,000 for the first time in 13 years.

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

  • Paladin Energy (ASX: PDN) climbed 11.4% to 44 cents
  • St Barbara (ASX: SBM) gained 7% to 30.5 cents
  • Sirius Resources (ASX: SIR) soared 7% to $2.44
  • Northern Star Resources (ASX: NST) rose 5.3% to 69 cents
  • Regis Resources (ASX: RRL) gained 5.3% to $3.16

These stocks were the losers on the day.

  • Boart Longyear (ASX: BLY) dropped 6.2% to 30.5 cents
  • Transfield Services (ASX: TSE) fell 5.5% to $1.21
  • Fleetwood Corporation (ASX: FWD) lost 5.2% to $2.90
  • Energy World Corporation (ASX: EWC) slipped 5% to 38 cents
  • Horizon Energy (ASX: HZN) closed down 4.7% at 30 cents

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Motley Fool writer/analyst Mike King owns shares in Sirius Resources. You can follow Mike on Twitter @TMFKinga

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