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Jens Meyer

Jens is the markets and breaking news editor, based in Sydney.

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index added 29 points, or 0.5 per cent, on Thursday, closing at 5762 points.

Smiles galore as banks drive up ASX

Banks again led the ASX higher in a session full of corporate action, while solid job numbers briefly lifted the Aussie dollar to a fresh high.

Weighing heaviest on the ASX on Monday was a 1.9 per cent slide in Telstra.

Telstra drags ASX lower

Strong data out of China failed to motivate the local sharemarket, with Telstra's worst day in three months weighing on the ASX.