ALL ORDINARIES finishes lower Thursday: 10 shares you missed

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

Here’s a short recap of the Australian market:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) down 0.22% to 5,937.20
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) down 0.20% to 6,043.20
  • AUD/USD at US 77 cents
  • Gold at US$1,327.78 an ounce
  • Brent Oil at US$69.50 a barrel

The best result in the ASX200 today came from Alumina Limited (ASX: AWC), it rose by 4.68%. Indeed, the best performing shares were all resource stocks, Mineral Resources Limited (ASX: MIN) went up by 4.04% and Orocobre Limited (ASX: ORE) went up 3.26% today.

Brickworks Limited (ASX: BKW) reported today and increased its dividend, which led to the share price rising by 2.84%.

Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Ltd (ASX: SOL) also reported today, its dividend growth streak has now hit 20 years. Its share price went up by 2.57% today.

The Beach Energy Ltd (ASX: BPT) share price rose by a further 2.78% after the oil price almost hit US$70.

At the other end of the scorecard, Sigma Healthcare Ltd (ASX: SIG) fell by 7.39% today after reporting a disappointing set of numbers.

Finally, a number of defensive shares have fallen today due to the Federal Reserve raising its rate to 1.75%. Sydney Airport Holdings Ltd (ASX: SYD) fell by 1.8%, Transurban Group (ASX: TCL) dropped by 2.45% and Scentre Group (ASX: SCG) fell by 2.28%.

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Motley Fool contributor Tristan Harrison owns shares of Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended Sydney Airport Holdings Limited and Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Brickworks, Scentre Group, and Transurban Group. 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 Scott Phillips.

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