S&P/ASX 200 finishes higher Thursday: 12 shares you missed

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO)(ASX: XJO) and ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) edged higher on Thursday despite falls in the Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX: WES) share price and Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) share price.

Here’s a quick recap of global markets:

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

Here are today’s key stats:

  • ASX 200: up 0.2%
  • All Ordinaries (ASX: XAO) (Index: ^AXAO): up 0.1%
  • Australian dollar (A$) (AUDUSD): 74.86 cents
  • Gold price: up 0.5%
  • Copper: up 0.4%
  • WTI Crude Oil: down 0.3%
  • Iron ore closed 0.7% lower at $US66.62 a tonne overnight

Wesfarmers shares were among the worst performers on the ASX. The owner of Coles, Bunnings Warehouse, Kmart, Target and Officeworks reported its third quarter results this morning.

Shares of oil and gas giants Santos, Origin Energy Ltd (ASX: ORG), Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX: WPL) and AGL Energy Ltd (ASX: AGL) came off the boil after the government proposed export restrictions on producers to stymie Australia’s domestic gas shortage.

Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) shares and Alumina Limited (ASX: AWC) shares ended more than 3% lower. Meanwhile, Ten Network Holdings Limited (ASX: TEN) shares ended 19% in the red with the company potentially starring the barrel of bankruptcy.

At the other end of the market’s performance tables, the Qantas Airways Limited (ASX: QAN) share price rose nearly 5% while Brambles Limited (ASX: BXB) headed 2.9% higher.

Further down the market, gold miners St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM) and Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST) bounced back around 5%.

Here are today’s top stories:

The 1 Thing Every Investor Should Know About Buffett's Portfolio

You've probably heard a lot about billionaire investor Warren Buffett. After all, a herd of analysts and journalists has tracked his every move - for decades. Yet here's something you may not know...

Simply click here to learn more.

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

The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns shares of Wesfarmers Limited. 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.

Two New Stock Picks Every Month!

Not to alarm you, but you’re about to miss a very important event! Chief Investment Advisor Scott Phillips and his team at Motley Fool Share Advisor are about to reveal their latest official stock recommendation. The premium “buy alert” will be unveiled to members and you can be among the first to act on the tip.

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by – this is your chance to get in early!

Simply enter your email now to find out how you can get instant access.

By clicking this button, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. We will use your email address only to keep you informed about updates to our website and about other products and services we think might interest you. You can unsubscribe from Take Stock at anytime. Please refer to our Financial Services Guide (FSG) for more information.