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Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has broken a three-day losing streak, rising 0.3% to 5,273.8. The energy and resources sectors led the way rising 1% or more, while gold, health care and consumer staples all took a tumble.

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

  • Forge Group (ASX: FGE) soared 14.2% to 64.5 cents
  • Paladin Energy (ASX: PDN) gained 10.4% to 48 cents
  • Atlas Iron (ASX: AGO) rose 7.7% to $1.19
  • Evolution Mining (ASX: EVN) added 6.9% to 54.5 cents
  • Mount Gibson Iron (ASX: MGX) closed up 5.7% to $1.105

These stocks were the losers on the day.

  • Perseus Mining (ASX: PRU) dropped 9.4% to 24 cents
  • Resolute Mining (ASX: RSG) fell 6.5% to 43.5 cents
  • Kingsgate Consolidated (ASX: KCN) lost 5.3% to 90 cents
  • Sundance Resources (ASX: SDL) slipped 4.6% to 10.5 cents
  • Oz Minerals (ASX: OZL) closed down 3% to $2.94

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Motley Fool writer/analyst Mike King owns shares in Forge Group and Kingsgate Consolidated. You can follow Mike on Twitter @TMFKinga

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