S&P/ASX 200 falls: 9 stocks you should have been watching

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has closed down 0.2%, with the heath care and consumer stables sectors down more than 1%. Offsetting those two was the gold sector which rose more than 2%.

Here’s a quick summary:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) down 0.2% to 5,351.3 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) down 0.2% to 5,419.3 points
  • AUD/USD at US 73.26 cents as it continues to sink
  • Iron Ore down 1% US$72.79 a tonne, according to Metal Bulletin
  • Gold down 0.7% to US$1,207.93 an ounce
  • Brent oil up 0.8% to US$46.86 a barrel

Despite the gold price falling, several of the ASX’s listed gold miners were amongst the best performers on the day. St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM), Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST) and Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited (ASX: SAR) gained 7.2%, 5.3% and 4% respectively.

Platinum Asset Management Limited (ASX: PTM) continues to defy the short sellers targeting the fund manager, rising 6.5% to $5.54.

Whitehaven Coal Ltd (ASX: WHC) continues to ride the soaring coal price, edging up 5.1% to $2.68. The share price is now up 282% since the start of this year.

Among the stocks falling, BT Investment Management Ltd (ASX: BTT) dropped 6.2% to $10.87 and Karoon Gas Australia Limited (ASX: KAR) plunged 15.5% to $1.97 as we detailed earlier.

Sigma Pharmaceutical Limited (ASX: SIP) dropped 6% to $1.245 and Automotive Holdings Group Ltd (ASX: AHG) lost 5.7% to $3.66.

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