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This is what happened to the ASX 200 today

The share market’s five-day winning streak came to a halt today, although the main index remained firmly above the 5300 point mark.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) down 0.2% to 5359 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) down 0.2% to 5423 points
  • AUD/USD at US 73.39 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$55.57 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,272.68 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$47.43 a barrel

Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC) was the main drag on the ASX today after the shares went ex-dividend. Westpac shares dropped 3.6%, while Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) shares also fell 0.5%.

Shares of BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) traded mostly flat, but fellow oil producers Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX: WPL) and Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) gained 2.4% and 5.4%.

The gold miners were strong, too. Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM), EVOLUTION FPO (ASX: EVN) and Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST) all lifted between 4.1% and 4.7%.

Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL) and Myer Holdings Ltd (ASX: MYR) rose strongly, up 10.5% and 6.7%. But AMP Limited (ASX: AMP) wasn’t so lucky, falling 5.3%.

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