ALL ORDINARIES finishes higher Friday: 8 shares you missed

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO)(ASX: XJO) and ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) indices finished higher on Friday.

Here’s a quick recap of global markets:

  • FTSE 100 (UK): up 0.3%
  • DAX (Germany): up 0.4%
  • CAC 40 (France): up 0.7%
  • Dow Jones (USA): up 0.6%
  • NASDAQ (USA): up 0.8%

Here are today’s key stats:

  • ASX 200: up 0.9%
  • All Ordinaries: up 0.8%
  • Australian dollar (A$) (AUDUSD): 73.90 cents
  • Gold price: down 0.5%
  • WTI Crude Oil: down 0.6%
  • Iron ore: Down 1.8% to $US55.97 per tonne, according to The Metal Bulletin

Leading the ASX higher were shares of Suncorp Group (ASX: SUN) and mining company Alumina Limited (ASX: AWC). Yesterday, Suncorp held its investor day presentations. However, no material news was released by Alumina.

Further down the market, NIB Holdings Limited (ASX: NHF) rebounded from its recent selloffs following news of legal battle with the ACCC, while Platinum Asset Management Limited (ASX: PTM) ended 3.2% higher. In the small cap space, lithium miner Orocobre Limited (ASX: ORE) traded 5% higher while skincare technology business OBJ Limited (ASX: OBJ) ended 7.7% higher.

Holding back the ASX were shares Blackmores Limited (ASX: BKL) and AGL Energy Ltd (ASX: AGL). AGL, the energy business, finished 3.9% lower after Macquarie analysts slapped the company’s shares with an underperform rating.

Meanwhile, Blackmores recently confirmed that will move into the marijuana industry.

Here are today’s top stories:

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