After a slow start, local shares managed to rise again on Monday, bolstered by earnings reports posted by companies such as JB Hi-Fi Limited (ASX: JBH) and Ansell Limited (ASX: ANN).

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 0.2% to 5540 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 0.1% to 5633 points
  • AUD/USD at US 76.58 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$59.37 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,339.17 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$47.30 a barrel

JB Hi-Fi reported a strong lift in comparable sales and reported an even stronger start to the 2017 financial year. Its shares gained 9.9%.

Meanwhile, shares of Ansell skyrocketed 17.7% to $23.16. They did peak at $23.48 earlier in the session, which was a new 52-week high for the group.

National Australia Bank Ltd. (ASX: NAB) shares gained 0.9% after its third-quarter trading update. Orora Ltd (ASX: ORA) soared 9.8%. And Mesoblast limited (ASX: MSB) gained 11.2%, despite the absence of any news from the company today.

Aurizon Holdings Ltd (ASX: AZJ) didn’t fare so well, shedding 6%. EVOLUTION FPO (ASX: EVN) also lost 4.5%, while fellow gold miner Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM) lost 4%.

Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) was one of the stronger performers from the blue-chips today, lifting 0.7%. BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP), on the other hand, shed 2.5%.

Here are Monday’s top stories:

  1. Why shares of JB Hi-Fi Limited are skyrocketing today
  2. Can National Australia Bank Ltd maintain its giant dividend?
  3. Newcrest Mining Limited’s profits sink, time to sell the gold miners?
  4. How to find the next 10 bagger (Part IV)
  5. The top 10 stocks to buy now before the market crashes
  6. Santos Ltd records US$1.5 billion write down: More to come?
  7. Here’s why Ansell Limited shares went nuts today

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