Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

The S&P/ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has finished today’s session up 1.06%. The Aussie market closed the day at its high after investors reacted positively to a string of company reports and economic news.

The market got a boost from strong Chinese trade data and positive leads from Wall Street where the Dow Jones was up 1.22% and the S&P 500 rose 1.11%, after comments by the Federal Reserve chairperson reassured investors. At home a number of profit results including one from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) pleased investors. Only the healthcare and gold sectors ended in the red with all other sectors enjoying gains.

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

  • OZ Minerals Limited (ASX: OZL) jumped 12.6% to $3.83
  • Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd (ASX: DMP) rallied 12.4% to $19.25
  • Skilled Group Ltd (ASX: SKE) gained 9.6% to $3.09
  • Boral Limited (ASX: BLD) climbed 9% to $5.45
  • Slater & Gordon Limited (ASX: SGH) rose 6.9% to $4.50

These stocks were the losers on the day.

  • Goodman Fielder Ltd (ASX: GFF) sunk 7.4% to 63 cents
  • EVOLUTION FPO  (ASX: EVN) dropped 6.1% to 77 cents
  • Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM) lost 4.5% to $10.94
  • McMillan Shakespeare Limited (ASX: MMS) fell 4% to $11.05
  • Horizon Oil Ltd (ASX: HZN) slipped 3.1% to 31.5 cents

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Motley Fool contributor Tim McArthur owns shares in Slater & Gordon Ltd, Goodman Fielder Ltd and McMillan Shakespeare Ltd.

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