Local shares appeared mostly uninfluenced by today’s third and final U.S. presidential debate, with shares ultimately ending the day only marginally higher.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 0.1% to 5442 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 0.1% to 5526 points
  • AUD/USD at US 76.79 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$58.37 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,272.29 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$52.55 a barrel

It was a busy day in the mining sector.

Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) shares rose 0.4% after its third quarter production results. South32 Ltd (ASX: S32) and Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG), on the other hand, fell 0.4% and 1.9% after their reports, respectively.

BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) managed to rebound 1.7% following yesterday’s decline.

The gold miners shone a bright light on the wider market today. St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM) and EVOLUTION FPO (ASX: EVN) gained 4.1% and 5.8%, respectively, while Silver Lake Resources Limited (ASX: SLR) gained 6.3%.

Virtus Health Ltd (ASX: VRT) also rose 6.9% for the day.

On a less positive note, Crown Resorts Ltd (ASX: CWN) dropped another 2.3% after its Annual General Meeting. Amcor Limited (ASX: AMC) held its AGM as well and fell 2.1%.

Reject Shop Ltd (ASX: TRS) also plunged 12.7%, while Ten Network Holdings Limited (ASX: TEN) and Shine Corporate Ltd (ASX: SHJ) lost 19% and 8.2%, respectively.

Here are Thursday’s top stories:

  1. Crown Resorts Ltd shares are down 17%: Is it time to buy?
  2. Property beat shares over the last decade: Or did it really?
  3. Should you buy Sydney Airport Holdings Ltd shares after its impressive update?
  4. Is the Australian dollar heading above 80 U.S. cents?
  5. Could Kogan.com Ltd be worth another look at this share price?
  6. Whitehaven Coal Ltd shares are up 800%: Is it too late to buy?
  7. Is Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd a bargain buy after its bumper profit result?

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