Here’s what happened to the ASX 200 today

Not even the plunging oil or iron ore prices could stop the ASX from recording another day in the black today, with the banks more than offsetting the miners’ losses.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 0.4% to 5342 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 0.3% to 5403 points
  • AUD/USD at US 73.29 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$54.99 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,266.01 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$43.75 a barrel

Shares of BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) and Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) dropped 3.2% and 2.9% today. Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX: WPL) and South32 Ltd (ASX: S32) also lost 3.3% and 4.9%.

But coming to their rescue were Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA), Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) and National Australia Bank Ltd. (ASX: NAB), which all rallied between 1.3% and 2.9%.

Incitec Pivot Ltd (ASX: IPL) also put on a show, rising 9.1%.

At the other end of the spectrum, however, was Greencross Limited (ASX: GXL), which fell 6.7%.

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