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S&P/ASX 200 shaves off 0.06%

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Australian shares ended slightly lower today after a mixed close on Wall Street overnight.

The S&P/ASX 200 lost 2.7 points, or 0.06 per cent, to 4335.2.

The All Ords was two points, or 0.05 per cent, lower to 4420.

In mining, BHP Billiton gained $0.36, or 1.05 per cent, to $34.61 and Rio Tinto put on $1.04, or 1.62 per cent, to $65.40.

To the Big Four banks, ANZ fell $0.20, or 0.85 per cent, to $23.26, CBA lost $0.35, or 0.69 per cent, to $50.10, NAB dropped $0.39, or 1.56 per cent, to $24.60 and Westpac added $0.01, or 0.05 per cent, to $21.89.

In energy, Woodside Petroleum dropped $0.49, or 1.39 per cent, to $34.81 and Santos took off $0.17, or 1.18 per cent, to $14.24.

And in retail, Woolworths was $0.34, or 1.33 per cent, higher to $25.98 and Wesfarmers was up $0.29, or 0.98 per cent, to $30.02.

To Asia, the Nikkei had lost 46.03 points, or 0.46 per cent, to 10,068.76 and the Hang Seng was 106.44 points, or 0.52 per cent, lower to 20,502.95.

The Australian dollar was buying 103.95 US cents, 65.05 pence Sterling, 77.88 euro cents and 85.22 Japanese yen. 

Published on: Saturday, March 31, 2012

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