ALL ORDINARIES finishes higher Friday: 8 shares you missed

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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 short recap of the Australian market:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) higher 0.41% to 6,194.60
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) higher 0.45% to 6,305.40
  • AUD/USD at US 73 cents
  • Gold at US$1,206.70 an ounce
  • Brent Oil at US$78.86 a barrel

The best-performing ASX 200 share today was lithium business Orocobre Limited (ASX: ORE), it went up by 7% today.

Gold miners had a fairly strong day today, Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited (ASX: SAR) shares went up 5.3%.

The share price of Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd (ASX: FLT) went up 0.5% today after announcing another acquisition.

Shares of Premier Investments Limited (ASX: PMV) fell 4.2% after a broker downgrade.

Pet business Greencross Limited (ASX: GXL) had investors barking up the right tree today, its share price rose 5.3%.

Market darlings also had strong days today – Xero Limited (ASX: XRO) shares climbed 5% and Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (ASX: APT) shares went up by 4.8%.

Finally, resource business BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) had a good day, its share price went up by 2.5%, making it the strongest of the blue chips to round off the week.

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Motley Fool contributor Tristan Harrison owns shares of Greencross Limited. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended Flight Centre Travel Group Limited, Greencross Limited, and Premier Investments Limited. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of AFTERPAY T FPO 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 Scott Phillips.

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