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Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

The S&P/ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has posted another fall, ending the day 0.5% lower. Today’s fall follows yesterday’s dramatic 1.75% plunge in the index and is despite the Dow Jones adding 0.5% and the S&P 500 gaining 0.8% overnight.

Even the gold sector which had bucked the down trend yesterday failed to find support today. All sectors, with the exception of consumer discretionary, finished the day in the red.

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

  • Pacific Brands Limited (ASX: PBG) added 3.1% to 66 cents
  • JB Hi-Fi Limited (ASX:JBHX) rose 3% to $19.05
  • Flexigroup Limited (ASX: FXL) climbed 2.2% to $4.13
  • REA Group Limited (ASX: REA) gained 2.2% to $44.75
  • Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) closed up 2.1% to $5.30

These stocks were the losers on the day.

  • Acrux Limited (ASX: ACR) dropped 7.9% to $1.915
  • Echo Entertainment Group Ltd (ASX: EGP) lost 6% to $2.18
  • Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd (ASX: VAH) closed down 6% to 31.5 cents
  • Sirius Resources N.L.   (ASX: SIR) slipped 5.1% to $2.04
  • Mesoblast Limited (ASX: MSB) fell 5.1% to $5.57

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