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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 0.29% to 6,263.90
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) higher 0.28% to 6,344.20
  • AUD/USD at US 70 cents
  • Gold at US$1,285.33 an ounce
  • Brent Oil at US$66.24 a barrel

The best-performing ASX 200 share today was Super Retail Group Ltd (ASX: SUL), the retail conglomerate’s share price went up 4.8%.

Shares of Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) declined 4.8% today after the miner went ex-dividend, it was the worst faller in the ASX 200.

The Cimic Group Ltd (ASX: CIM) share price rose 1.2% after the company won a contract worth $172 million in Indonesia.

However, energy company Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) saw its share price decline 1.1% after announcing it had priced a US$600 million 10-year Reg-S bond to refinance its US$500 million bridge facility.

Shares of Wattle Health Australia Ltd (ASX: WHA) rose 1.1% after announcing the appointment of Dr Tony Mckenna to the position of CEO of Corio Bay Dairy Group.

The National Australia Bank Ltd (ASX: NAB) share price rose 0.8% after the market learned of who the new chairman is.

The share price of Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (ASX: APT) fell nearly 2.5% today after one of the management sold nearly $3 million worth of shares.

Finally, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) shares dropped 0.1% with the big four bank being on the end of a broker downgrade.

Here are some of today’s top stories:

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