Local shares recouped some of their losses this afternoon, but the market still closed lower.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) down 0.4% to 5137 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) down 0.4% to 5204 points
  • AUD/USD at US 76.63 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$58.28 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,235.98 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$41.14 a barrel

Shares of Australia’s major banks were all sold off today, weighing heavily on the broader market. However, it was the energy shares that did much of the damage with oil prices expected to resume their decline.

BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) shares fell 3%, closing below $19, while Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) shares dropped 7%. Senex Energy Ltd (ASX: SXY) and Origin Energy Ltd (ASX: ORG) also dropped 10.3% and 5.8%, respectively.

Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (ASX: LNG) was the big exception. Its shares soared 27.3% following a positive announcement to the market regarding its Magnolia LNG project.

Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC) and Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) led the banks lower, both falling more than 1%, while Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) shares jumped 1.7%.

Qantas Airways Limited (ASX: QAN) was one of the worst performers for the day. Its shares crashed 10.8% to $3.62.

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