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Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

The S&P/ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has closed down 0.26% after a weak lead from Wall Street on Friday and the release of economic data from China.

The Dow Jones was up 0.25%, while the S&P 500 declined 0.39%. Investor attention was on data from China showing the economy grew at a rate of 7.5%. The gold sector was the stand-out performer with the sector up 5.8%, while the consumer discretionary sector fell 0.6%.

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

  • Silverlake Resources Limited.  (ASX: SLR) soared 19.8% to 69.5 cents
  • Resolute Mining Limited  (ASX: RSG) gained 11.1% to 60 cents
  • Evolution Mining (ASX: EVN) climbed 8.3% to 65 cents
  • Medusa Mining Limited  (ASX: MML) rose 6% to $2.28
  • Northern Star Resources Limited  (ASX: NST) added 5.8% to 99.5 cents

These stocks were the losers on the day.

  • Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd.  (ASX: DMP) dropped 3.7% to $15.86
  • Southern Cross Media Group Ltd  (ASX: SXL) lost 3.4% to $1.58
  • Forge Group Limited  (ASX: FGE) fell 3.3% to $1.02
  • JB Hi-Fi Limited (ASX: JBH) slipped 2.9% to $19.6
  • Carsales.com Limited  (ASX: CRZ) closed down 2.7% to $9.55

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Motley Fool contributor Tim McArthur does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this article.

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