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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) higher 0.53% to 5,928.20
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) higher 0.57% to 6,015.80
  • AUD/USD at US 73 cents
  • Gold at US$1,228.05 an ounce
  • Brent Oil at US$72.01 a barrel

The best-performing ASX 200 share today was Eclipx Group Ltd (ASX: ECX), its share price rose 16.1% after announcing it would merge with McMillan Shakespeare Limited (ASX: MMS). However, McMillan shares dropped 6.4% in response.

Shares of REA Group Limited (ASX: REA) rose 8% after it reported a strong quarter of revenue growth.

The share price of Corporate Travel Management Ltd (ASX: CTD) rose 15% after coming back to trade after responding to the short seller response.

Buy now, pay later business Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (ASX: APT) shares rose 11% after reporting its progress in the US, Australia and the UK.

The Xero Limited (ASX: XRO) share price rose 1.8% after it handed in its half year report.

Pipeline owner APA Group (ASX: APA) shares fell nearly 10% after Josh Frydenberg said that it was likely to block the overseas-based bid due to the national interest.

Finally, investors sent the share price of Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd. (ASX: DMP) down 10.7% after holding its AGM yesterday.

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. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of AFTERPAY T FPO and Xero. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Domino's Pizza Enterprises Limited and REA Group 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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