Australian shares ended higher today, despite negative leads from international markets overnight.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 0.6% to 4976 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 0.5% to 5028 points
  • AUD/USD at US 70.43 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$42.43 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,120.97 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$32.79 a barrel

The local share market shrugged off an early decline today, ending the day in the black. A 1.5% gain from Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) provided plenty of support while the miners also ended the day higher.

Shares of BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) climbed 0.6% and Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) rose 2.2%, but Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) was the big winner. Its shares gained 4.1%.

Woolworths Limited (ASX: WOW) was also on the winners’ list, rising 1.5%, while Sundance Energy Australia Ltd (ASX: SEA) gained 15.8%.

Slater & Gordon Limited (ASX: SGH) and AWE Limited (ASX: AWE) weren’t so lucky, falling 14.3% and 11.5% respectively.

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