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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 0.38% to 5,865.70
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) higher 0.37% to 5,930.50
  • AUD/USD at US 71 cents
  • Gold at US$1,281.85 an ounce
  • Brent Oil at US$61.71 a barrel

The best-performing ASX 200 share today was salary packaging business McMillan Shakespeare Limited (ASX: MMS) which rose by 5.2%.

Shares of Greencross Limited (ASX: GXL) rose 0.4% after the pet business declared a special dividend for the remaining shareholders before the takeover is completed.

The Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) share price rose 3.9% because it announced its December 2018 report.

Lithium company Galaxy Resources Limited (ASX: GXY) saw its share price drop 6.25% after it also announced its December 2018 update to investors.

The Coles Group Limited (ASX: COL) share price declined 1.1% after revealing what the cost of its new automated warehouses will be.

The share price of Livetiles Ltd (ASX: LVT) rose another 5.3% today because the technology business announced another product with Microsoft.

Shares of National Australia Bank Ltd (ASX: NAB) ended the day 0.3% higher after raising interest rates for loan holders.

Finally, AVZ Minerals Ltd (ASX: AVZ) shares dropped 22.4% today after returning to trade.

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 COLESGROUP DEF SET and National Australia Bank Limited. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Greencross 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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