12 shares you should have been watching on Monday

The ASX 200 ended the session in the red today, despite a promising lead set by international markets late last week.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) down 0.6% to 5754 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) down 0.5% to 5792 points
  • AUD/USD at US 74.57 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$57.79 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,279.92 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$50.58 a barrel

Gold miners Evolution Mining Ltd (ASX: EVN) and Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST) were among the market’s best performing shares today. The pair rose 3.2% and 3.1% respectively following a recent rise in the gold price.

The Vocus Group Ltd (ASX: VOC) share price also defied the market’s swing today, rising 4.3%, and Medical Developments International Ltd (ASX: MVP) jumped 5.1%. Medical Developments announced it had extended its existing partnership with the CSIRO, committing $3 million to the project over the next three years.

It wasn’t quite so pretty elsewhere, however. The banks were among those stocks that dragged the market lower; Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC) fell 1.8% and Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) shares dropped 1.3%.

The BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) share price also declined 1.7% after a drop in the oil price.

The Metcash Limited (ASX: MTS) share price declined 6% despite there being no news from the company.

Asaleo Care Ltd (ASX: AHY) also shed another 5.4%, and FlexiGroup Limited (ASX: FXL) fell 3.9%.

The Baby Bunting Group Ltd (ASX: BBN) share price also declined 2.1% with Blackmores Limited (ASX: BKL) down 2.4%.

Here are Monday’s top stories:

  1. 4 growth shares I really want to buy
  2. Why these 4 ASX shares have started the week deep in the red

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Motley Fool contributor Ryan Newman owns shares of Vocus Communications Limited. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of Vocus Communications Limited. 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.

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