ALL ORDINARIES finishes higher Thursday: 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 Thursday.

Here’s a short recap of the Australian market:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) up 0.87% to 6,090.10
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 0.85% to 6,198.80
  • AUD/USD at US 80.4 cents
  • Gold at US$1,344.37 an ounce
  • Brent Oil at US$69.05 a barrel

The ASX indices have risen nicely today, stepping away from the 6,000 barrier, closer towards the 6,100 and 6,200 levels.

The biggest rise in the ASX200 today came from GUD Holdings Limited (ASX: GUD) which rose by 5.79% as the market digested its half-year report.

Beach Energy Ltd (ASX: BPT) was revealed to be a star oil pick by Morgan Stanley, the share price powered 5.38% higher in response.

The Vocus Group Ltd (ASX: VOC) share price climbed 4.01% higher today on no news, clearly investors thought that price represented an opportunity.

There seems to be no stopping the Altium Limited (ASX: ALU) share price, the electronic PCB software company’s share price rose by just over 4% today to almost $16.

Fellow technology company Xero Limited (ASX: XRO) also had a great day after announcing National Australia Bank Ltd (ASX: NAB) customers can make payments inside Xero’s ecosystem. The Xero share price went up by 10.55% today and the NAB share price went up by 0.58%.

The MFF Capital Investments Ltd (ASX: MFF) share price went up over 3% today as investors digested its half-year result.

Finally, Godfreys Group Ltd’s (ASX: GFY) share price finished the day down almost 17% on a poor trading update.

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Motley Fool contributor Tristan Harrison owns shares of Altium and Magellan Flagship Fund Ltd. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended Vocus Communications Limited. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of Altium, National Australia Bank Limited, and Xero. 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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