ASX 200 climbs: 12 shares you should have been watching

The local share market rallied today, despite the weak lead set by Wall Street on Friday.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 0.5% to 5562 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 0.4% to 5612 points
  • AUD/USD at US 72.93 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$81.49 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,139.30 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$55.56 a barrel

Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) shares slipped 4.8% after it announced that negotiations between itself and Vale were continuing, but that it was looking less likely a transaction would actually be completed.

Its rivals BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) and Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) gained 0.4% each.

Sirtex Medical Limited (ASX: SRX) shares slipped 4.1% after it announced its CEO, Mr Gilman Wong, would take temporary leave while his share trading activities from October are investigated.

Legal eagle Shine Corporate Ltd (ASX: SHJ) plunged 13.2% after it flagged challenging conditions in its Energy & Resources practice area.

Shine expects group EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) to be between $36 million and $40 million for the full-year.

Blue chips such as Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) and Woolworths Limited (ASX: WOW) provided some drive today. They lifted 1% and 1.3%, respectively.

Syrah Resources Ltd (ASX: SYR) and South32 Ltd (ASX: S32) were among the market’s best performers today. They rose 6.4% and 1.9%, while Sydney Airport Holdings Ltd (ASX: SYD) gained 1.9% as well.

Meanwhile, Bega Cheese Ltd (ASX: BGA) and Seven West Media Ltd (ASX: SWM) were two of the worst performers, slipping 4.8% and 8%.

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