Market Wrap: BHP Billiton shares lead ASX’s charge

Local shares continued to build on last week’s gains after a surge in commodity prices.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 1% to 5142 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 1% to 5204 points
  • AUD/USD at US 74.14 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$53.75 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,259.38 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$39.46 a barrel

After they slipped to multi-year lows recently, iron ore and oil prices have both continued their surprise rebounds, gaining more than 4% each during the latest session.

The gains were reflected across the resources sector, particularly in shares of BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) and Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG). The pair soared 5% and 23.7%, while South32 Ltd (ASX: S32) also gained 6.3%.

BC Iron Limited (ASX: BCI) gained an incredible 52%, with Sundance Energy Australia Ltd (ASX: SEA) and Senex Energy Australia Ltd (ASX: SXY) lifting 53.6% and 19.5%, respectively.

All four of Australia’s major banks rose by at least 1.3%, with National Australia Bank Ltd.’s (ASX: NAB) 2.3% gain leading the way.

Beadell Resources Ltd (ASX: BDR) was the worst performer for the day. It’s shares fell 9.1% to 25 cents.

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  4. ASIC targets Australia and New Zealand Banking Group for market manipulation
  5. The iron ore price is flying, taking company share prices with it
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