Aust stocks open weaker

Local bourse falls as global markets await repercussions from Crimea secession vote.

The Australian sharemarket opened weaker following falls on Wall Street and as tensions between the US, Europe and Russia heightened following an overwhelming vote in Crimea to break from Ukraine.

At the 10.15am (AEDT) official market open, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index dropped 17.3 points, or 0.32%, to 5,312.1 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index lost 17 points, or 0.32%, to 5,330.1 points.


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