BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) saw its share price rise 2%, pulling the market up today, despite weak performances from a number of large cap companies.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up  0.4% to 5,526.7 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 5,625.4 points
  • AUD/USD lower at US 76.41 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$60.71 a tonne
  • Gold up 0.3% to US$1,353.15 an ounce
  • Brent oil rose 1.7% to US$50.70 a barrel

Shares in Ardent Leisure Group (ASX: AAD) rose 10.9% to $2.55, while retailer BWX Ltd (ASX: BWX) continues to recover from its recent fall, rising 6.2% to $5.12.

Worleyparsons Limited (ASX: WOR) posted a 5.9% gain to $9.20 and salmon producer and seafood retailer Tassal Group Limited (ASX: TGR) rose 5.6% to $4.17.

Iress Ltd (ASX: IRE) continues to rise, gaining another 4.9% today to close at $12.28, while nickel miners Western Areas Ltd (ASX: WSA) and Independence Group NL (ASX: IGO) posted gains of 8.8% and 4.8% respectively.

Iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) continues to rise, adding another 3.8% to $4.93 today. Mineral Resources Limited (ASX: MIN) also continues to benefit from a strong earnings result, adding another 3.6% to $11.00 today.

Last but not least were the losers on the day. Whitehaven Coal Ltd (ASX: WHC) gave back some of its gains, falling 10.4% to $1.90, while Medibank Private Ltd  (ASX: MPL) disappointed investors and promptly fell 4.7% to $2.84.

Here are Friday’s top stories:

  1. Medibank Private Ltd share price plunges
  2. Ardent Leisure shares go nuts on asset sale
  3. Why the Woodside Petroleum Limited share price is climbing today
  4. US hedge funds sue big 4 banks: What it means for shareholders
  5. Santos Ltd reveals massive half-year loss
  6. Insurance Australia Group Ltd reports: What you need to know

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