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Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has ended its worst losing streak in 17 months, defying predictions of a seventh down day. The index rose 0.7%, to finish at 5,098.4, despite offshore markets tumbling overnight. The Dow Jones dropped 0.7%, while the S&P 500 lost 0.4%.

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

These stocks were the losers on the day.

  • Crown Resorts (ASX: CWN)  dropped 4.3% to $15.90
  • Evolution Mining (ASX: EVN) slipped 4.3% to 56 cents
  • GUD Holdings (ASX: GUD) plunged 3.7% to $5.15
  • Adelaide Brighton (ASX: ABC) fell 3.6% to $3.51
  • Energy World Corporation (ASX: EWC) lost 2.6% to 37 cents

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