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ALL ORDINARIES finishes higher Wednesday: 13 shares you missed

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO)(ASX: XJO) and ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) finished higher on Wednesday, following the Federal Government’s release of its 2017 Budget.

Here’s a quick recap of global markets:

  • FTSE 100 (UK): up 0.6%
  • DAX (Germany): up 0.4%
  • CAC 40 (France): up 0.3%
  • Dow Jones (USA): down 0.2%
  • NASDAQ (USA): down 0.1%

Here are today’s key stats:

  • ASX 200: up 0.6%
  • All Ordinaries: up 0.6%
  • Australian dollar (A$) (AUDUSD): 73.67 cents
  • Gold price: down 0.5%
  • Copper: up 0.5%
  • WTI Crude Oil: down 0.7%

Weighing on the market today were shares of Australia’s big banks. Unsurprisingly, the government’s decision to introduce a bank tax has been strongly opposed by big bank executives.

  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) – down 0.35%
  • Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) – up 0.8%
  • Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC) – down 0.7%
  • National Australia Bank Ltd. (ASX: NAB) – down 0.7%
  • Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX: MQG) – down 0.6%

Amongst the worst-performing shares were CSR Limited (ASX: CSR). Despite a profit increase in its most recent financial year, investors appear spooked by the building products company’s outlook.

Shares of Quintis Ltd (ASX: QIN), formerly TFS Corporation, fell 44% after the Indian sandalwood’s board said it lost a key contract in December but was not aware until now. 

Shares of minerals business South32 Ltd (ASX: S32) fell 2% after saying that production at Illawarra Metallurgical Coal would be at least 10% lower than previous guidance for its 2017 financial year.

At the other end of the market, Nanosonics Ltd. (ASX: NAN), a2 Milk Company Ltd (Australia) (ASX: A2M) and REA Group Limited (ASX: REA) were amongst the best performers.

Meanwhile, gold miner Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST) and iron ore producer Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) were also amongst the best performers.

Here are today’s top stories:

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