AUSTRALIAN STOCKS RALLY: Here's what you need to know

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Australian shares opened a new week with a strong run higher.

Today’s scoreboard:

  • ASX 200: 5,773.60 +53.02 +0.93%
  • All Ordinaries: 5,824.50 +51.19 +0.89%
  • AUD/USD: 0.7935 +0.0005 +0.06%

The major banks and the big miners led the local market.

Commonwealth shares started rising again after taking a 3.8% hit on Friday, closing today at $81.52, up 0.99%. Westpac added 1.2% to close at $31.94.

Among the miners, BHP was up 1.7% to $26.16 and Rio Tinto 1.7% to $66.35

Bluescope Steel was 5.9% higher at $14.14 after a broker upgraded its target price for the steelmaker.

Mantra rose 5.4% to $2.86 after announcing the purchase of the Art Series Hotel Group’s seven hotels for $52.5 million.

Capilano Honey was down 1.5% to close at $16.25 after posting a 9% rise in full year profit to $10.3 million.

Crown Resorts lost 4.7% to close at $11.87, continuing a fall started Friday when the gaming group reported a 7.5% slide in annual revenue to $3.34 billion.

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