ALL ORDINARIES finishes higher Thursday: 10 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 0.33% to 5,881.00
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) up 0.34% to 5,976.40
  • AUD/USD at US 78 cents
  • Gold at US$1,350.70 an ounce
  • Brent Oil at US$74 a barrel

It’s been a big day of company updates today.

The best performer in the ASX200 came from Western Areas Ltd (ASX: WSA), the market really liked its Mt Alexander nickel-copper sulphide update and sent the share price 7.8% higher.

Another top performer was Alumina Limited (ASX: AWC), the Alcoa quarterly earnings release saw the share price soar up 7.09%.

BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) was another resource share to release its quarterly result, the big Australian’s share price went up 2.83% on the news of its large copper production ramp up.

Annuity leader Challenger Ltd (ASX: CGF) revealed asset under management growth of 3% in its quarterly result, but annuity sales growth has slowed, leading to the share price dropping by 3.14%.

Queensland Bauxite Ltd (ASX: QBL) has been successful in getting hemp products to be sold at Coles, leading to the share price rising by 25.5%.

The Fairfax Media Limited (ASX: FXJ) share price finished the day 5.34% higher with rumours that Seven West Media Ltd (ASX: SWM) could be considering a takeover offer, Seven went up 3.03%.

Nextdc Ltd (ASX: NXT) declined by 3.1% today on more legal issues surrounding its leases.

Resource company South32 Ltd (ASX: S32) pleased investors with its quarterly update, its share price went up 4.58%.

Finally, Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ASX: API) delivered its half-year report today showing a decline in underlying profit, the share price dropped by 2.33%.

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