The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) closed down 1.2%, although it could have been much worse with a late recovery pushing the index back above 5,220 points.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) down 1.2% to 5,229.0 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) down 1.21% to 5,311.0 points
  • AUD/USD at US 76.36 cents
  • Iron Ore up 1.5% to US$65.33 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold was up 1.1% to US$1,291 an ounce
  • Brent oil down yet again – this time it was 0.9% lower at US$48.17 a barrel

It seems fears of a narrowing election in the US, and the rising chance of Donald Trump becoming the next president of the United States have scared investors as we pointed out here.

Every single one of the Top 20 stocks ended in negative territory in a market-wide sell-off.

Despite the iron ore price rise – now up 50% since the start of 2016 – the big miners BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP), Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) and Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) lost 1.1%, 0.6% and 4.8% respectively.

Oil stocks also fell, with Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) down 4.3% to $3.36, Origin Energy Ltd (ASX: ORG) losing 2.4% to $5.25, although Oil Search Limited (ASX: OSH) and Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX: WPL) only fell 1.4% and 1.1% respectively.

Gold stocks were strong, with Beadell Resources Ltd (ASX: BDR) up 4.4% to 47 cents, Evolution FPO (ASX: EVN) up 5.8% to $2.36 and Resolute Mining Ltd (ASX: RSG) up 7.2% to $1.64.

One other shining light was building materials company CSR Limited (ASX: CSR) which rose 8.6% to $3.91.

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