The ASX endured a topsy-turvy day but ultimately ended the session on top.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 0.5% to 5320 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 0.5% to 5387 points
  • AUD/USD at US 73.71 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$58.29 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,280.09 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$45.90 a barrel

Australia’s biggest banks have helped pull the ASX out of an intraday rut, dragging the main index above 5300 points once again.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) shares lifted 1.9%, despite a rather lacklustre third-quarter earnings result this morning. Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC) and National Australia Bank Ltd. (ASX: NAB) also rose 1% and 0.9%.

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) was the only one of the majors to end the day in the red after its shares went ex-dividend. The shares fell 3%.

BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) also managed to recover most of its losses, but still ended the day 0.3% lower, while Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) shares dropped 2.1% as well.

Blackmores Limited (ASX: BKL) was one of the market’s top performing shares, rising 5.5%. Orica Ltd (ASX: ORI), on the other hand, dropped 12.3%.

Here are Monday’s top stories:

  1. Why the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group share price is getting crunched today
  2. Commonwealth Bank of Australia reports: What you need to know
  3. What to expect after the Westpac Banking Corp and ANZ Bank home loan fraud revelations
  4. 3 ASX tech shares that could make you a millionaire
  5. Why shares of these 6 ASX gold miners are skyrocketing
  6. The little known way to crush the ASX in 2016

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