AUSTRALIAN STOCKS SLIDE: Here's what you need to know

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Australian stocks closed lower.

Today’s scoreboard:

  • ASX 200: 5,655.40 -53.69 -0.94%
  • All Ordinaries: 5,716.70 -53.01 -0.92%
  • AUD/USD: 0.7963 -0.0068 -0.85%

The local market fell by as much as 1.2% before regaining some lost ground but still ended the day below the key 5700 point mark on the ASX200.

The slide followed the interest rate announcement overnight by the US Federal Reserve where it confirmed it would start reducing the size of its balance sheet.

The ANZ was down 0.9% to $29.76, Rio Tinto 0.8% to $65.50 and Fortescue Metals 3% to $5.17.

But energy companies picked up on the back of a surge in the price of oil. Woodside Petroleum added 1.8% to close at $28.77.

Tatts shares were down 1.3% to $4.02 and Tabcorp’s 1.2% to $4.24 after the Federal Court ordered the competition tribunal take another look at the proposed $11 billion merger of the gaming companies.

And casino group Crown Resort fell 4% to $11.31.

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