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 1.10% to 6,092.50
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) higher 1.10% to 6,159.10
  • AUD/USD at US 71 cents
  • Gold at US$1,303.76 an ounce
  • Brent Oil at US$62.46 a barrel

The best-performing ASX 200 share today was Idp Education Ltd (ASX: IEL) which rose by 21.2% after posting an impressive half year report.

British bank CYBG Plc (ASX: CYB) went up 18.5% due to its impressive first quarter update where its cost synergies were better than expected.

AGL Energy Limited (ASX: AGL) shares fell by 4.8% with the drop in statutory profit not sparking any joy for investors.

The Pushpay Holdings Ltd (ASX: PPH) share price finished the day down 6.6% after reporting its result for the December 2018 quarter.

Shares of Catapult Group International Ltd (ASX: CAT) plunged 23% as news came of the CEO’s resignation.

The Mirvac Group (ASX: MGR) shares were up 3.25% today after the property company reported profit growth of 26%.

Gold shares didn’t have a good day, with Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited (ASX: SAR) the worst of the ASX 200 group, falling by 5.2%.

Finally, the Downer EDI Limited (ASX: DOW) share price dropped 4.6% after reporting its half year result.

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 Catapult Group International Ltd. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of PUSHPAY FPO NZX. 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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