The Australian sharemarket edged lower today.
The sectors closed mostly weaker with telcos and energy bearing the brunt of the selling. Health care and IT stocks held up reasonably well.
BHP and Rio Tinto fell 0.3% and 0.6% respectively, despite BHP reporting a slightly better-than-expected full-year underlying profit.
The big four banks finished mixed on the day; CBA (-0.8%) and NAB (-0.4%) ended lower, ANZ was flat, and Westpac (+0.1%) closed in positive territory.
Suncorp finished 0.7% higher after reporting an FY12 net profit of $724 million, up 60% from the prior year.
Seek jumped 6.4% after reporting a net profit of $131.7 million, a 34.8% increase on the prior year.
The ASX 200 shed eight points (-0.2%) to close at 4376.