Market Wrap: S&P/ASX 200 slides 1.1% on China worries

The Australian share market fell for the seventh straight session today.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) down 1.1% to 4,934 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) down 1.1% to 4,992 points
  • AUD/USD at US 69.77 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$42.13 according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,103.16 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$32.90 a barrel

The local share market headed sharply lower from the get-go this morning, following heavy selloffs on international markets on Friday. Steep falls in key commodity prices were again the catalysts behind the ASX’s selloff.

Oil prices currently sit at levels not seen for more than a decade, iron ore is fetching 70% less than the price it did at the start of 2014, while copper prices are near a seven-year low. The S&P/ASX 200 Materials index (Index: ^AXMJ) (ASX: XMJ) is trading at a level not seen since 2004.

Unsurprisingly, shares of BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) and Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) did most of the damage on the ASX today, falling 4.8% and 3.4%, respectively.

Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX: MQG), Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC) and Insurance Australia Group Ltd (ASX: IAG) fell 3.4%, 1.4% and 2.5%, respectively. Shares of iSelect Limited (ASX: ISU), however, were the worst performing — falling a meaty 42% following a profit downgrade this morning.

Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS), Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX: WES) and Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM) saw modest share price gains.

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At times like these, it’s important to remind ourselves that the share market is a long-term investment vehicle. Indeed, always keep cash aside for living expenses and remember: share price volatility is the price of admission to better gains over the long term.

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