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Published on: Thursday, April 29, 2010

Australian shares were lower at 12:05pm despite gains on Wall Street overnight.

The S&P/ASX 200 lost 37.9 points or 0.79 per cent to 4784.9.

The All Ords was 37.2 points or 0.77 per cent lower to 4817.

In news, ANZ announced statutory net profit was $1.93, up 36 per cent from the same period last year. Shares dropped $0.49 or 1.97 per cent to $24.36.

NAB was $0.45 or 1.58 per cent lower to $27.97, CBA took off $0.44 or 0.76 per cent to $57.29 and Westpac dropped $0.31 or 1.14 per cent to $26.83.

In mining, BHP Billiton lost $0.51 or 1.24 per cent to $40.56 and Rio Tinto was $1.04 or 1.4 per cent lower to $73.40.

To gold mining and Lihir Gold dropped $0.03 or 0.77 per cent to $3.89 and Newcrest Mining was $0.29 or 0.85 per cent lower to $33.94.

In energy, Woodside Petroleum took off $0.18 or 0.39 per cent to $45.57, Santos fell $0.15 or 1.09 per cent to $13.57 and Oil Search was unchanged at $5.72.

And in retail, Woolworths was $0.20 or 0.75 per cent higher to $27.03 and Wesfarmers put on $0.08 or 0.27 per cent to $29.83.

To Asia, and the Nikkei lost 287.9 points or 2.57 per cent to 10,924.8 and the Hang Seng was 18.8 points or 0.09 per cent lower to 20,930.6.

The Australian dollar was buying 92.33 US cents, 60.84 pence Sterling, 69.92 Euro cents and 86.89 Japanese yen. 


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