It was a topsy-turvy day for local shares in the lead up to this evening’s historic ‘Brexit’ vote.

Britons will go to the polls at 4:00pm (Sydney time) today and the polls will close at 7:00am (Sydney time) tomorrow. The vote has been the cause of plenty of volatility and uncertainty recently, with investors unsure what to make of the situation today.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 0.2% to 5280 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 0.2% to 5358 points
  • AUD/USD at US 75.34 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$52.29 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,265.21 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$50.25 a barrel

The miners were among the biggest winners today. Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) soared 8.3% after the company repaid another US$500 million in debt, while Whitehaven Coal Ltd (ASX: WHC) rose 10.3%.

Meanwhile, BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) and Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) gained 1.8% and 2.7%, respectively.

The banks were generally flat. National Australia Bank Ltd. (ASX: NAB) was the biggest mover, losing 0.2%. Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) lost 0.7%.

At the bottom end of the market, SEEK Limited (ASX: SEK) had a day to forget, shedding 5.4% and ending the day at $15.32.

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  4. SEEK Limited shares sink on profit forecasts
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