Australian shares slip on RBA rate cut

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The local market skipped higher when the RBA announced another cut in official interest rates.

The ASX 200 lifted briefly from lows of about 5560 to around 5574 points.

However, a short time ago, the index was sliding at 5,547.30, down 40.09 points or 0.72%, dragged down by financial stocks.

The banks, which had earlier been in negative territory, firmed before slipping into the red again.

A short time ago, Westpac was down 0.6% to $30.91 and the ANZ 0.16% to $25.74.

The Commonwealth was the first bank to cut home loan rates but not by the full amount of 0.25 percentage points. The standard variable rate has been reduced by 0.13% to 5.22%.

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