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ASX 200 lifts: 12 shares you should have been watching

Local shares started the day in the red but fought their way back around lunchtime. Despite a late dip, the broader market still ended the session on top.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 0.2% to 5338 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 0.2% to 5408 points
  • AUD/USD at US 74.77 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$72.42 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,226.19 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$46.50 a barrel

Local mining shares rose today, despite overnight falls in iron ore. BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) gained 0.3% and Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) recovered 1.1%.

The gold miners didn’t fare so well. St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM) shed 3.8% and Beadell Resources Ltd (ASX: BDR) dropped 3.9%.

A number of other companies fell sharply as well. Blackmores Limited (ASX: BKL) closed 5.6% lower, Orora Ltd (ASX: ORA) fell 4.3% and Platinum Asset Management Limited (ASX: PTM) lost 7.4%.

Village Roadshow Ltd (ASX: VRL) also lost 4.9% following its annual general meeting as it revealed mixed conditions at its theme parks following the tragedy that occurred at Ardent Leisure Group’s (ASX: AAD) Dreamworld recently. Ardent Leisure closed 1% lower.

Meanwhile, Mobile Embrace Ltd (ASX: MBE) collapsed 42% after it noted a “one-off event that has adversely effected MBE’s ability to acquire customers (in Australia only)”.

OFX Group Ltd (ASX: OFX) was among the market’s best performers again today, rising 6.6%, while Whitehaven Coal Ltd (ASX: WHC) gained 1.1%.

Here are Thursday’s top stories:

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  4. Is Telstra Corporation Ltd going to cut its dividend?
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  6. Why CSG Limited shares have dropped 29% today
  7. Village Roadshow Ltd shares are plunging on theme park worries

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Motley Fool contributor Ryan Newman has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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