ASX 200 suspended: 8 shares you should have been watching

Credit: Alex Proimos

For what could be the first time in the history of the ASX, the market regulator suspended trading for the remainder of the session late today. The decision followed a series of technical glitches which caused interruptions to regular trading throughout the session, including a heavily delayed opening time.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 0.1% to 5301 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 0.1% to 5400 points
  • AUD/USD at US 75.44 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$55.97 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,316.22 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$46.49 a barrel

Notably, shares of ASX Limited (ASX: ASX), the market regulator, fell 1.4% for the day.

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) gained 1.2% for the day, with the other three major banks ending the session mostly flat.

South32 Ltd (ASX: S32) gained 1.1% with Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) up 2.3% as well.

The gold miners mostly finished the day in the black. St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM) and Independence Group NL (ASX: IGO) were among the best, lifting 4.2% and 5%, respectively.

Blackmores Limited (ASX: BKL) didn’t fare so well. Its shares fell 4.3%, while APN News and Media Limited (ASX: APN) also lost 2.7%.

Here are Monday’s top stories:

  1. How do I get exposure to the recovering US economy?
  2. Australia’s property market is hotting up
  3. Do you own the 10 most heavily shorted shares on the ASX?
  4. BHP Billiton Limited’s trail of destruction
  5. Is Cash Converters International Ltd a screaming bargain?
  6. Are these companies misleading investors?

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