The S&P / ASX 200 Index (^AXJO) (ASX:XJO) has bounced back from early heavy losses to finish up 0.1% at 5,092.4, after US markets showed modest gains overnight. The Dow Jones and the S&P 500 both added 0.3%, while in Europe the UK’s FTSE 100 lost 0.2%. Locally, the gold sector lost more than 4%, despite the gold price rising above US$1,400 an ounce. The Aussie dollar is currently buying 89.7 US cents.
Here are the top five best performing stocks in the index today.
- Transfield Services (TSE.AX) shot up 22.2% to $1.10
- Ausdrill (ASL.AX) climbed 15% to $1.455
- Qantas Airways (QAN.AX) flew up 13.8% to $1.40
- Boart Longyear (BLY.AX) added 8.1% to 47 cents
- Senex Energy (SXY.AX) rose 5.6% to 76 cents
These stocks were the losers on the day.
- Kingsgate Consolidated (KCN.AX) slumped 22.6% to $2.12
- St Barbara (SBM.AX) dropped 15.9% to 74 cents
- Billabong International (BBG.AX) lost 11.3% to 43 cents
- Perseus Mining (PRU.AX) also fell 11.3% to 71 cents
- Silver Lake Resources (SLR.AX) slipped 9.7% to 93 cents
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Motley Fool writer/analyst Mike King owns shares in Kingsgate and Silver Lake.