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ALL ORDINARIES finishes higher Friday: 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 Friday.

Here’s a short recap of the Australian market:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) higher 0.14% to 5,849.20
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) higher 0.17% to 5,935.80
  • AUD/USD at US 72 cents
  • Gold at US$1,233.92 an ounce
  • Brent Oil at US$73.36 a barrel

The best-performing ASX 200 share today was lithium miner Galaxy Resources Limited (ASX: GXY), it finished up 13.2%.

In-fact, it was a good day for the whole lithium industry. Shares of Orocobre Limited (ASX: ORE) rose 12.6% and peer Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX: PLS) also went up 8.2%.

Shares of Orica Ltd (ASX: ORI) exploded 6.4% higher today after reporting a strong second half to its FY18 result.

It was another punishing day for shareholders of Corporate Travel Management Ltd (ASX: CTD) with the travel business falling 9% due to the short seller attack, despite a recovery yesterday.

Construction business CSR Limited (ASX: CSR) fell almost 7% today with the property downturn starting to have an effect.

Global fund managers Janus Henderson Group (ASX: JHG) finished the day down 3.7% after reporting its latest quarter wasn’t as strong as the previous one.

Finally, the share price of Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX: MQG) climbed 3.9% after reporting more profit growth in its half-year report.

Here are some of today’s top stories:

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Motley Fool contributor Tristan Harrison has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended Corporate Travel Management Limited. 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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