Aust stocks fall at noon

Local market falls almost 0.5% midway through final session before election.

The Australian stock market fell almost 0.5% at noon, ahead of tomorrow's federal election and after encouraging US employment data boosted Wall Street overnight.

At 1205 AEST, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was 0.45% lower at 5,119.5 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index lost 0.4% to 5,118.1 points.

In economic news, the Australian Industry Group and Housing Industry Association's performance of construction index for August was released, showing the sector had slowed in the month.

Future Fund chairman David Gonski is also scheduled to speak about Australia's missed opportunities in Asia at a CEDA event in Melbourne.

The market on Thursday was pulled back by falls among resources and banking stocks.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index dropped 19.1 points, or 0.37%, lower to 5,142.5, and the broader All Ordinaries index fell by 18.1 points, or 0.35%, to 5,138.4.

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