Australian stocks rip higher

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Australian stocks took off, following global markets and boosted by a rally in iron ore prices.

The local market broke through the 5500 point mark on the ASX200 and kept going.

At the close, the index was at 5,543.60, up 65.50 points or 1.20%.

Investors were buoyed by a strong showing on Wall Street where the S&P500 closed 1% higher.

Among the banks, the ANZ was up 2.5% to $29.53 and Westpac 2% to $32.13.

A 4.8% rise in iron ore prices boosted the miners. Rio Tinto was up 3.1% to $62.73 and pure play iron ore miner Fortescue Metals 1.6% to $6.69.

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