Market Wrap: BHP Billiton Limited lifts ASX

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The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) finished the week off in style, rising 1.1%.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 1%
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 1%
  • AUD/USD at US 70.08 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$41.29 according to The Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,101.04 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$29.56 a barrel – up 6%

The ASX rallied following mostly positive leads from international markets overnight, which were in turn boosted by resilience in commodity prices. Oil futures rose 6% to $US29.56 a barrel despite expectations of further falls, leading markets higher.

After a tumultuous few weeks, shares of BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) lead the ASX higher, rising 7.4%. Shares of fellow energy companies Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) and Karoon Gas Australia Limited (ASX: KAR) rallied 10%.

Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (ASX: TWE) and Medibank Private Ltd (ASX: MPL) issued trading updates to the market and rose 17% and 11.6%, respectively.

At the other end of the spectrum, Incitec Pivot Ltd (ASX: IPL) fell 8.6% while UGL Limited (ASX: UGL) fell 4%.

Here are Friday’s top stories:

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