The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has closed up 0.4% – despite US markets being closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Here’s a quick summary:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 0.4% at 5,507.8 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 0.4% at 5,570.5 points
  • AUD/USD at US 74.03 cents
  • Iron Ore up 1.4% to US$76.93 a tonne, according to Metal Bulletin
  • Gold down 0.3% to US$1,184 an ounce
  • Brent oil flat at US$49.00 a barrel

Tatts Group Limited (ASX: TTS) saw its share price jump after Tabcorp Holdings Limited (ASX: TAH) confirmed it had picked up a 10% stake in Tatts to scare off any rivals to its takeover offer.

Ardent Leisure Group (ASX: AAD) also saw gains of nearly 4% after a Workplace Health and Safety audit issued several notices to the company’s Dreamworld theme park. None related to guest safety.

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) and Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX: MQG) have been involved in yet another banking scandal – this time in Singapore – as we discussed here.

And as you might expect, there was carnage in the gold sector as the gold price continues to fall. Amongst the biggest losers were Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited (ASX: SAR), Doray Minerals Limited (ASX: DRM) and Perseus Mining Limited (ASX: PRU).

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Motley Fool writer/analyst Mike King owns shares in Vita Group and Woolworths. You can follow Mike on Twitter @TMFKinga

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