AUSTRALIAN STOCKS SURGE AGAIN: Here's what you need to know

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Australian shares closed higher, breaking through the key 5800 mark on the ASX200.

Today’s scoreboard:

  • ASX 200: 5,818.10 +62.40 +1.08%
  • All Ordinaries: 5,855.90 +59.83 +1.03%
  • AUD/USD 0.7664 +0.0024 +0.31%

The local market took off for the second session in a row, backed by strong bank and mining shares, adding to yesterday’s 0.73% rise.

Oil and iron ore prices were higher overnight, helping to push BHP 2.5% higher to $23.4, Rio Tinto 3.3% to $63.39 and Fortescue Metals 2.7% to $5.21.

Among the banks, Westpac added 2% to $30.97 and the ANZ 2.3% to $29.02.

REA, the owner of, says profits could be down $180 million this financial year because of a weak market in Asia. Its shares fell 0.7% to close at $$67.45.

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