Aust stocks close slightly lower

Local market edges down as Crimea votes in line with expectations.

The Australian sharemarket closed slightly lower today as Crimeans voted to join Russia, in line with expectations, while investors also watched a large outflow in United States treasuries from the Federal Reserve's custody.

At the 4.15pm (AEDT) market close, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index fell 11.8 points, or 0.22%, to 5,317.6, while the broader All Ordinaries index lost 11.9 points, or 0.22%, to 5,335.2.


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