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S&P/ASX 200 finishes higher Thursday: 9 shares you missed

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO)(ASX: XJO) ended higher on Thursday with gains from TPG Telecom Ltd (ASX: TPM) and Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) shares.

Here’s a quick recap of global markets:

  • FTSE 100 (UK): down 0.5%
  • DAX (Germany): up 0.1%
  • CAC 40 (France): up 0.3%
  • Dow Jones (USA): down 0.6%
  • NASDAQ (USA): up 0.2%

Here are today’s key stats:

  • ASX 200: up 0.3%
  • All Ordinaries (ASX: XAO) (Index: ^AXAO): up 0.2%
  • Australian dollar (A$) (AUDUSD): 75.07 cents
  • Gold price: down 0.8%
  • Copper: down 0.4%
  • WTI Crude Oil: down 3.4%
  • Iron ore: up 2.2% to $US64.20 a tonne, according to The Metal Bulletin

Following overnight falls in oil prices, the energy sector was sold down with shares of Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) falling 2.5% and Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX: WPL) down 1.2%.

Also amongst the worst performers was Brambles Limited (ASX: BXB) shares, falling 2.7%. The Bank of Queensland Limited (ASX: BOQ) share price fell 4.3% after its shares went ex-dividend, and the a2 Milk Company Ltd (Australia) (ASX: A2M) share price fell 2% despite no material news.

At the other end of the market, TPG Telecom shares and Telstra Corporation rebounded strongly to be amongst the day’s best performers.

In the mid-cap space, Iluka Resources Limited (ASX: ILU) shares rallied 11% following the release of its quarterly production report. Also amongst today’s leading shares was iCar Asia Ltd (ASX: ICQ), which released a quarterly update.

Here are today’s top stories:

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Motley Fool Contributor Owen Raszkiewicz does not have a financial interest in any company mentioned. Owen encourages your feedback. You can follow him on Twitter @OwenRask.

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