ASX 200 edges higher: 12 shares you should have been watching

The local share market edged higher today, aided by a very strong gain from BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP). That came even after yesterday’s terrible earnings result from the group.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 0.1% to 5535 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) flat at 5628 points
  • AUD/USD at US 76.73 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$60.22 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,343.63 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$48.81 a barrel

BHP Billiton reported a US$6.4 billion loss on Tuesday afternoon, but that didn’t stop its shares from rising 3.3%.

Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) also lifted 2.3% while South32 Ltd (ASX: S32) gained 3%.

CSL Limited (ASX: CSL) wasn’t so lucky, falling 5.1%. QBE Insurance Group Ltd (ASX: QBE) fell even harder, shedding 8.3%. And Spotless Group Holdings Ltd (ASX: SPO) plunged 10.6%.

They weren’t the only shares on the chopping block today. EVOLUTION FPO (ASX: EVN) tumbled 6.4%, Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM) fell 5.5% and St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM) lost another 3.5%.

Of course, it wasn’t all bad news today. Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd. (ASX: DMP) rose 8.1%. Sonic Healthcare Limited (ASX: SHL) gained 6.2%. And Crown Resorts Ltd (ASX: CWN) lifted 4.5%.

Here are Wednesday’s top stories:

  1. Why shares of BHP Billiton Limited are soaring today
  2. Crash: Why the QBE Insurance Group Ltd share price is plunging today
  3. Here’s why shares in gold miner EVOLUTION FPO crashed today
  4. Is Nanosonics Ltd a buy after posting a 93% jump in sales?
  5. Servcorp Limited reports: Here’s what investors should know
  6. Sonic Healthcare Limited rises as profits jump 20%: Is it a bargain?
  7. Why the Primary Health Care Limited share price is soaring today

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