Local shares skyrocketed more than 2% today, following the lead set by international markets on Friday. This was largely due to a better-than-expected US June payrolls report which appears to have helped ease concerns related to the world’s biggest economy.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 2% to 5337 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 1.9% to 5417 points
  • AUD/USD at US 75.67 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$55.17 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,365.52 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$46.51 a barrel

The banks played a huge role in today’s rally. While all four banks rose more than 2%, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) and Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC) were the best, lifting 3.5% and 3.3%.

The miners were strong, too. BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) gained 2.9%, while South32 Ltd (ASX: S32) soared 6.9%.

Meanwhile, Beadell Resources Ltd (ASX: BDR) and Silver Lake Resources Limited. (ASX: SLR) were strong among the gold miners. The pair gained 6.3% and 6.8%, respectively.

Fellow gold miner Independence Group NL (ASX: IGO) was one of the best for the day as well, rising 6.1%.

Unfortunately, Primary Health Care Limited (ASX: PRY) didn’t fare as well, shedding 2.4%, although it did fall as much as 8.4% earlier in the session.

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