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ALL ORDINARIES finishes lower Thursday: 7 shares you missed

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO)(ASX: XJO) and ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) indices finished slightly lower on Thursday.

Here’s a quick recap of the Aussie market:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) down 0.1%
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) down 0.1%
  • AUD/USD at US 75.97 cents
  • Gold at US$1,242 an ounce, up 0.2%
  • Oil at US$46.04 a barrel, down 3.2%

Amongst today’s best-performing ASX shares was Computershare Limited (ASX: CPU) and Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd (ASX: VAH) despite no news out of either company.

Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC) was the worst-performing bank share, falling 0.95%. Shares of Westpac have fallen 10% over the past three months.

An overnight fall in oil prices appears to have pushed shares of Oil Search Limited (ASX: OSH) and Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) lower.

Meanwhile, strength in gold prices helped shares of Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST) and Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM) rise 1.9% and 1.5%, respectively.

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