ASX retreats on Friday: 9 shares you should have been watching

The Sirtex Medical Limited (ASX: SRX) share price bounced back strongly today following yesterday’s heavy sell-down, but the broader market remained in the red.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) down 0.2% to 5727 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) down 0.1% to 5768 points
  • AUD/USD at US 74.25 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$61.60 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,248.20 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$52.80 a barrel

The Sirtex share price ended the session 9.5% higher, helping to reverse some of its decline after Thursday.

The oOh!Media Ltd (ASX: OML) share price fell 0.5%,  and the APN Outdoor Group Ltd (ASX: APO) share price rose 1.6%, after the pair confirmed they would not pursue a merger following concerns from the regulatory watchdog.

The gold miners suffered after the gold price retreated overnight. The Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST) share price dropped 4.5%, the Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM) share price lost 1.8%, and Beadell Resources Ltd (ASX: BDR) dropped 2.1%.

Once again, the banks struggled to gain traction. The Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC) share price declined 1% and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) dropped 1.9%.

Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) was among the market’s best performers, lifting 5.7%.

Here are Friday’s top stories:

  1. Why oOh!Media Ltd & APN Outdoor Group Ltd cancelled merger plans
  2. Here are 3 ways to profit from a weak Australian dollar
  3. Down 62% in a year, are Sirtex Medical Limited shares too cheap to ignore?

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