Australian shares soared higher again today, ending the session above 5,400 points following an upbeat night for equity markets around the world.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 1.1% to 5431 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 1% to 5518 points
  • AUD/USD at US 76.35 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$56.34 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,334.10 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$47.24 a barrel

From the banks, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) shares lifted 1.3% while National Australia Bank Ltd. (ASX: NAB) rose 1.7%.

Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) also ended the day 2% higher while Woolworths Limited (ASX: WOW) gained 2.6%.

Shares of the gold miners came off the boil today. Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM) fell 1.9% and St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM) shed 4.2%.

Meanwhile, Whitehaven Coal Limited (ASX: WHC) fell 9.1% and Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (ASX: LNG) dropped 6.3%.

It was a better day for TPG Telecom Ltd (ASX: TM) and Japara Healthcare Ltd (ASX: JHC), however. The pair rose 2.5% and 5%, respectively.

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