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S&P/ASX 200 wrap: bad Thursday before Good Friday

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO)(ASX: XJO) ended lower on Thursday, as the Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) share price and Vocus Group Ltd (ASX: VOC) share price continued to fall.

Here’s a quick recap of global markets:

  • FTSE 100 (UK): down 0.22%
  • DAX (Germany): up 0.13%
  • CAC 40 (France): down 0.01%
  • Dow Jones (USA): down 0.29%
  • NASDAQ (USA): down 0.52%

Here are today’s key stats:

  • ASX 200: down 0.7%
  • All Ordinaries (ASX: XAO) (Index: ^AXAO): down 0.7%
  • Australian dollar (A$) (AUDUSD): 75.95 cents
  • Gold price: up 1%
  • Copper: down 1%
  • WTI Crude Oil: down 1%
  • Iron ore: $US68 a tonne, according to The Metal Bulletin

Leading the ASX 200 lower today were shares of major iron ore miners following the $US 6 per tonne selloff in iron ore prices overnight. Here are the effects on share prices:

Also getting sold down on the ASX today were shares of Vocus Group and Telstra, falling 4.7% and 1.4%, respectively. In the past month, these companies are down 25% and 10%, respectively. Mesoblast Limited (ASX: MSB) and Vita Group Limited (ASX: VTG) were also sold off.

At the other end of the ASX performance tables, shares Independence Group NL (ASX: IGO), Afterpay Holdings Ltd (ASX: AFY), Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST) and Touchcorp Ltd (ASX: TCH) posted gains.

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