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ASX 200 falls sharply: 10 shares you should have been watching

Local shares fell sharply today, although they did manage to recover some of their morning losses in the afternoon.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) down 0.7% to 5385 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) down 0.7% to 5484 points
  • AUD/USD at US 76.81 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$58.46 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,346.38 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$48.67 a barrel

A number of big-name shares recorded heavy losses during Thursday’s session.

Blackmores Limited (ASX: BKL) dropped 5.3%. Aconex Limited (ASX: ACX) fell 3.9%. Medibank Private Ltd (ASX: MPL) lost 1.6%.

And Woolworths Limited (ASX: WOW) shed 3.5%, although that was mostly due to the shares going ex-dividend.

BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) also fell 1.2%, with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) dropping 1.1%.

The gold miners endured something of a sell-off today as well following yesterday’s rally. St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM) dropped 6.5% and Independence Group NL (ASX: IGO) lost 6.1%.

Sigma Pharmaceutical Limited (ASX: SIP), on the other hand, soared 11.3%. AWE Limited (ASX: AWE) gained 1.5% as well.

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