Here’s what happened to the ASX 200 today

Local shares fought back this afternoon after trading more than 0.6% lower, although the market still ended the day in the red. It was the banks doing most of the damage with all four of the majors recording a loss for the day.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) down 0.2% to 5361 points
  • ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) down 0.1% to 5437 points
  • AUD/USD at US 74.66 cents
  • Iron Ore at US$52.10 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin
  • Gold at US$1,261.32 an ounce
  • Brent oil at US$52.63 a barrel

While none of the banks provided any support today, it was Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) and Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC) that fell the heaviest. The pair dropped 0.9% each.

Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) and Amcor Limited (ASX: AMC) also acted as a drag on the market, falling 0.7% and 8.1%, respectively.

The miners, on the other hand, did provide some support. BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) gained 0.4%, while its spin-off South32 Ltd (ASX: S32) rose 4.7%.

The gold miners were even better. St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM) soared 7.5%, with Regis Resources Limited (ASX: RRL) also gaining 6.8%.

The best for the day, however, was Sky Network Television Ltd (ASX: SKT). Its share price skyrocketed 20.5%.

Here are Thursday’s top stories:

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