Here are the top 10 ASX 200 shares today

The ASX 200 enjoyed a strong start to the trading week today.

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It was a very pleasant start to the trading week for the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) this Monday. After ending last week on a sour note, the ASX 200 was back on track today, gaining a rosy 0.63%. That leaves the index at 7,863.7 points.

This optimistic start to the week's trading today follows a strong finish to the Americans' trading week last Friday night.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index (DJX: .DJI) saw its value rise by a decent 0.34%, leaving it close to its record high.

The Nasdaq Composite Index (NASDAQ: .IXIC) wasn't as lucky though, slipping 0.074% lower.

But let's return now to this week and our local markets with an examination of what the different ASX sectors were doing this Monday.

Winners and losers

Despite today's market gains, we still saw some weak spots in the markets.

The weakest of these spots were healthcare stocks. The S&P/ASX 200 Healthcare Index (ASX: XHJ) had a day to forget, sinking 0.68%.
Also on the nose were real estate investment trusts (REITs). The S&P/ASX 200 A-REIT Index (ASX: XPJ) lost 0.62% of its value.
Consumer staples shares had a rough time as well. The S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Staples Index (ASX: XSJ) retreated by 0.3% by the time the markets closed up shop.
Industrial stocks were our last losers for the day, as you can see from the S&P/ASX 200 Industrials Index (ASX: XNJ)'s drop of 0.1%.
Turning to the happier sectors now, and none were more jubilant than gold shares. The All Ordinaries Gold Index (ASX: XGD) had a spectacular day, rocketing 3.83%.
Energy stocks were on fire as well, evidenced by the S&P/ASX 200 Energy Index (ASX: XEJ)'s 2.2% pole vault.
Mining shares had a great time of it today too, with the S&P/ASX 200 Materials Index (ASX: XMJ) rising 2.06%.
Coming in next were tech stocks. The S&P/ASX 200 Information Technology Index (ASX: XIJ) ended up bouncing 0.86% higher.
Utilities shares were making their investors happy too, with the S&P/ASX 200 Utilities Index (ASX: XUJ) lifting 0.54%.
Financial stocks were also in demand. The S&P/ASX 200 Financials Index (ASX: XFJ) banked a gain of 0.44% this Monday.

Communications shares joined the party, with the S&P/ASX 200 Communication Services Index (ASX: XTJ) lifting 0.27%.

Our final winners were consumer discretionary stocks. The S&P/ASX 200 Consumer Discretionary Index (ASX: XDJ) had edged 0.16% upwards by the closing bell.

Top 10 ASX 200 shares countdown

Winning the index race this Monday was gaming and casino stock Star Entertainment Group Ltd (ASX: SGR).

Star shares rocketed a whopping 20% today to 54 cents each after the embattled company responded to a range of takeover rumours this morning.

Here's how the rest of today's winners unfolded:

ASX-listed company Share price Price change
Star Entertainment Group Ltd (ASX: SGR) $0.54 20.00%
Bellevue Gold Ltd (ASX: BGL) $2.02 7.45%
Paladin Energy Ltd (ASX: PDN) $17.48 7.57%

Gold Road Resources Ltd (ASX: GOR)

$1.67 6.03%
Regis Resources Ltd (ASX: RRL) $2.15 5.91%
New Hope Corporation Ltd (ASX: NHC) $4.95 5.77%
Evolution Mining Ltd (ASX: EVN) $4.06 5.18%
Nickel Industries Ltd (ASX: NIC) $1.07 4.90%
Perseus Mining Ltd (ASX: PRU) $2.47 3.78%
Newmont Corporation (ASX: NEM) $1.20 3.00%

Our top 10 shares countdown is a recurring end-of-day summary to let you know which companies were making big moves on the day. Check in at after the weekday market closes to see which stocks make the countdown.

Motley Fool contributor Sebastian Bowen has positions in Newmont. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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