Market Wrap: ASX slides after volatile week

Local shares fell away on Friday, but still ended the week considerably higher.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) down 0.8% to 4952 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) down 0.8% to 5008 points
  • AUD/USD at US 71.05 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$47.14 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,227.01 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$33.89 a barrel

The ASX took a breather today, following the lead set by international markets overnight. Oil prices dropped and gold rallied again, while there were also a number of disappointing earnings results for investors to process.

Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) was one of those companies with disappointing earnings, its shares losing 4.2%. Other companies in the energy sector such as BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) and Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX: WPL) also shed 2% and 2.3%.

Meanwhile, Medibank Private Ltd (ASX: MPL) fell 0.8% after its interim earnings and Bellamy’s Australia Ltd (ASX: BAL) retreated 13.8% after its own earnings results.

All four of Australia’s major banks ended the day in the red, although National Australia Bank Ltd. (ASX: NAB) caused the most damage, sliding 2.1%. Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) shares also lost 2.2%.

Once again, Mesoblast limited (ASX: MSB) was one of the top-performing shares on the market, rising 9.1%. Unfortunately, shares of Arrium Ltd (ASX: ARI) slipped another 42.3%.

Here are Friday’s top stories:

  1. Santos Ltd shares plunge 8% as loss hits $2.7 billion
  2. Medibank Private Ltd rises on 58% profit growth – is it a buy?
  3. Why the Bellamy’s Australia Ltd share price crashed today
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  5. What happens to Gold when share investors turn bullish again?
  6. Why the 3P Learning Ltd share price has crashed today

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