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ALL ORDINARIES finishes lower Friday: 9 shares you missed

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO)(ASX: XJO) and ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) finished lower on Friday.

Here’s a quick recap of global markets:

  • FTSE 100 (UK): flat
  • DAX (Germany): down 0.4%
  • CAC 40 (France): down 0.3%
  • Dow Jones (USA): down 0.1%
  • NASDAQ (USA): down 0.2%

Here are today’s key stats:

  • ASX 200: down 0.7%
  • All Ordinaries: down 0.7%
  • Australian dollar (A$) (AUDUSD): 73.82 cents
  • Gold price: up 0.5%
  • Copper: up 1.2%
  • WTI Crude Oil: up 0.9%

The market started the day on an equal footing but fell as trading progressed. The worst performer of the day — and likely the week — were shares of Indian sandalwood producer, Quintis Ltd (ASX: QIN), which ended the day down another 35%. In total the company fell 72% this week after announcing the loss of a key contract — in December.

Also weighing on the market were shares of Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd. (ASX: DMP) and Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG). Further down the market,

Further down the market, Bapcor Ltd (ASX: BAP), formerly Burson, fell 5.5%, while a2 Milk Company Ltd (Australia) (ASX: A2M) declined 5%. While no material news was released by a2 Milk, it appears the company’s CEO Geoffrey Babidge sold another 600,000 shares, taking his total sales to 5 million shares over the past 18 months.

Amongst the best-performing shares were those of mineral sands business, Iluka Resources Limited (ASX: ILU) which rose 4%. 

Meanwhile, New Hope Corporation Limited (ASX: NHC), Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST) and Alumina Limited (ASX: AWC) were also buoyed by favourable movements in commodity prices.

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Motley Fool Contributor Owen Raszkiewicz does not have a financial interest in any company mentioned. Owen welcomes and encourages your feedback. You can follow him on Twitter @OwenRask.

The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of A2 Milk and Bapcor. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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