Local shares continued to rise today, taking the lead set by Wall Street overnight.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 0.4% to 4964 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 0.4% to 5042 points
  • AUD/USD at US 76.28 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$54.75 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,228.65 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$40.12 a barrel

The banks produced a mixed set of results once again, but the iron ore miners and energy producers helped to buoy the market.

While junior iron ore miner Arrium Ltd (ASX: ARI) entered into voluntary administration, industry behemoth BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) managed to lift 1.6%.

Meanwhile, energy giants Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX: WPL) and Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) gained 1.8% and 3.5%. Senex Energy Ltd (ASX: SXY) also managed to extend yesterday’s rebound after three days of heavy losses. Its shares gained 10.2%.

Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC) was the best of the banks, rising 0.6%, while CSL Limited (ASX: CSL) also rose 1.1%.

Harvey Norman Holdings Limited (ASX: HVN) was one of the worst performers for the day, slipping 4.2%.

Here are Thursday’s top stories:

  1. Arrium Ltd: The writing was on the wall five years ago
  2. Why the Bank of Queensland Limited share price is crumbling today
  3. 4 hot ASX shares you might want to buy today
  4. It’s official: Arrium Ltd enters voluntary administration
  5. Oil rally sends ASX shares rocketing today
  6. Is the Blackmores Limited share price headed over $200 again?

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