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ALL ORDINARIES finishes higher Friday: 7 shares you missed

TGIF Friday

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 the Aussie market:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 0.2%
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 0.1%
  • AUD/USD at US 78.46 cents
  • Gold at US$1,294 an ounce, up 0.6%
  • Oil at US$51.59 a barrel, down 1.3%

Amongst the best-performing shares during Friday’s session were Lend Lease Group (ASX: LLC), which rose 2.3%, and APA Group (ASX: APA), which jumped 2.1%. However, neither company released any material news to the market.

Further down the market, shares of Vocus Group Ltd (ASX: VOC) continued to rally, up 7%, to over $2.81. The telecommunications company was recently subject to two failed takeovers, but its share price has since rallied beyond the proposed offer prices. With the traded volume up strongly today, someone big might be buying shares in the embattled telco company.

Meanwhile, Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd (ASX: FLT) shares bounced another 3.5% higher while Metcash Limited (ASX: MTS), the owner of IGA supermarkets, rallied 2.7%.

At the other end of the market, shares of Healthscope Ltd (ASX: HSO) fell 2.9% while Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX: PLS) fell 2.6%.

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