The Australian share market defied expectations today, lifting for the eighth consecutive session despite early signs that it would lose some of its recent gains.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 0.5% to 5458 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 0.5% to 5538 points
  • AUD/USD at US 75.94 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$58.42 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,329.93 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$47.80 a barrel

Beginning on a sour note, the energy sector dragged on the market today. BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) dropped 0.7% while Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (ASX: LNG) shares lost 2.8% and Sundance Energy Australia Ltd (ASX: SEA) shed 8.7%.

The gold producers were mixed, as well. Independence Group NL (ASX: IGO) lost 2.1%, but Regis Resources Limited (ASX: RRL) gained 1.3%.

The banks continued to rally today, led by Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) and Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC). The pair rose 0.4% and 0.6%, while all four major banks ended the day in the black.

Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) also rose 0.5%, while Woolworths Limited (ASX: WOW) ended the day 2% higher.

Mesoblast limited (ASX: MSB) was one of the top performers for the session, rising 3.6%.

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