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 0.30% to 6,169.00
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) higher 0.31% to 6,252.70
  • AUD/USD at US 71 cents
  • Gold at US$1,318.50 an ounce
  • Brent Oil at US$66.14 a barrel

The best-performing ASX 200 share today was Bingo Industries Ltd (ASX: BIN) after the waste collections business received approval from the ACCC to go ahead with the Dial-A-Dump acquisition.

Ramsay Health Care Limited (ASX: RHC) revealed its December 2018 half-year result today showing a slight profit increase and another dividend hike.

The Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) share price went up more than 1% today with it announcing its large special dividend.

Investors weren’t feeling clucky about the Inghams Group Ltd (ASX: ING) result, which sent the share price down over 8%.

Bubs Australia Ltd (ASX: BUB) shares dropped 5.1% today despite reporting a huge increase in revenue.

The share price of Paragon Care Ltd (ASX: PGC) ended the day flat after reporting a flat dividend, organic continuing business revenue growth and an overall loss due to the capital business that Paragon plans to divest.

Shares of WAM Global Limited (ASX: WGB) also were flat after the LIC reported its December 2018 result.

Finally, the Amaysim Australia Ltd (ASX: AYS) share price plunged 13.2% after the telco returned to trade following its capital raising announcement.

Here are some of today’s top stories:

Ramsay impressed the market today with its continued strong performance in Australia, but it could be described as expensive now, so I’d rather buy one of these ASX shares instead.

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Motley Fool contributor Tristan Harrison owns shares of Paragon Care Limited and WAMGLOBAL FPO. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Paragon Care Limited and Ramsay Health Care 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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