Local large caps finished the week on a positive note, as the ASX 200 booked its third straight day of gains on Friday.

There were steady gains across the board but gold stocks were the order of the day, as a number of the ASX’s largest gold producers posted solid gains as prices for the precious metal climbed back towards US$1,800/oz.

Elsewhere, there were steady gains for the major miners while energy stocks continued their recent reversal, and the big banks traded flat.


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Two large cap goldies with strong performances on Friday were Northern Star (ASX:NST) and Newcrest Mining (ASX:NCM).

Share registry platform Link Administration Holdings (ASX:LNK) was an obvious standout at the big end of town, courtesy of its $2.8bn takeover offer from the Carlyle Group.

Media group News Corp (ASX:NWS) was also up and about, after markets responded positively to its parent entity’s quarterly update where the company flagged strong trading conditions. Revenue rose by 18% year-on-year to $2.5 billion, with growth across all five of the group’s core business segments.

Elsewhere, wealth management firm Australian Ethical Investments (ASX:AEF) rose again to continue a strong monthly rally which has seen it climb from ~$10 to ~$15 since the start of October.

And as ASX lithium stocks continue to run hot, Core Lithium (ASX:CXO) crept into the large cap list with a market cap of just over $1bn after another ~5% rally. Shares in CXO have now more than doubled since the middle of August.


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