Australian shares rocketed higher today, following the lead set by international equity markets on Friday night. The ASX 200 is now sitting firmly above the 5,500-point mark.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 0.7% to 5537 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 0.7% to 5625 points
  • AUD/USD at US 76.14 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$60.74 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,335.72 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$44.43 a barrel

The banks were particularly strong today. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) shares lifted 1.8% while Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) gained 1.4%. Meanwhile, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd (ASX: BEN) shares also lifted 4.3%.

BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) also rose 2.3% while Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX: WES) shares rose 0.5%.

Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd (ASX: FLT) was one of the market’s best performers for the day. Its shares gained 5.5% to $33.40.

Unfortunately, the strong gains weren’t enjoyed by every company on the ASX.

The gold miners in particular were hit hard after the gold price sank. EVOLUTION FPO (ASX: EVN) dropped 5.7% and Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM) fell 4.2%.

iCar Asia Ltd (ASX: ICQ) and MMA Offshore Ltd (ASX: MRM) ended the day in the red, as well. iCar Asia shares fell 16.9% and MMA Offshore lost 2.9%, although its shares did fall as much as 13.2% during the session.

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