Local shares fell sharply today, with the miners once again acting as a heavy drag on the market’s overall performance. Notably, the banks didn’t help, either.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) down 0.7% to 5435 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) down 0.7% to 5518 points
  • AUD/USD at US 75.31 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$57.16 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,259.92 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$51.40 a barrel

BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) led the downward charge, falling 2.9%. Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) also dropped 2.7%, while South32 Ltd (ASX: S32) shed 2.8%.

Among the banks, Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC) fell 1.5%, and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) fell 1.6%. All four of the majors ended the day in the red.

Other shares that experienced hefty losses today were Link Administration Holdings Ltd (ASX: LNK), OFX Group Ltd (ASX: OFX) and Oil Search Limited (ASX: OSH). The trio fell 7.2%, 4.9% and 3.6%, respectively.

On a more positive note, the gold miners produced some strong rebounds today. Beadell Resources Ltd (ASX: BDR) rose 7.5%, EVOLUTION FPO (ASX: EVN) gained 4.7%, and Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST) lifted 3%.

Vocus Communications Limited (ASX: VOC) also recovered 5.5% for the day.

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