AUSTRALIAN STOCKS SLUMP: Here’s what you need to know

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Australian shares closed down almost 1%.

The ASX200 fell by almost 1.4% in noon trade, before staging a small rally late in the day.

Here’s today’s scoreboard:

  • ASX 200 5703.60 , -55.16 , -0.96%
  • All Ordinaries 5743.90 , -53.63 , -0.93%
  • AUD/USD 0.7596 , 0.0011 , 0.15%

Energy stocks led the index lower, with the ASX200 Energy Index down more than 2% for the day.

Woodside petroleum finished 2.6% lower after oil prices dipped overnight, while Origin Energy fell by 1.3%.

The ASX200 Financials Index finished just over 1% lower. The big banks all made up ground from session lows, but were still down on the day with ANZ the worst performer finishing 1.45% lower.

The big miners proved resilient, with Rio Tinto closing 1.24% higher while BHP was up 1.36%.

Among the worst performing companies, Newscorp fell by 3.14% at $17.90. Solomon Lew’s retail conglomerate Premier Investments also finished down 3%, while Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) was down by 2.58%.

CCA rallied from losses of almost 5% in the fallout from Woolworths’ decision not to stock the latest low-sugar Coke product.

Here’s how the individual sectors performed:

  • A-REITS -0.49%
  • Consumer Discretionary -1.52%
  • Consumer Staples -0.55%
  • Energy -2.07%
  • Financials -1.03%
  • Healthcare -1.97%
  • Industrials -1.25%
  • Information Technology -1.33%
  • Materials -0.06%
  • Telecommunications -1.00%
  • Utilities -1.26%
  • All Ords Gold Index -1.12%
ASX 200 5-Minute Chart

Financial markets steadied in afternoon trade, ahead of key US data later tonight.

US non-farm payrolls will be release with most attention likely to fall on wage growth and unemployment rate for June. Find the preview here.