Local stocks ease at close

The Australian market edged lower in late trade as some stocks went ex-dividend

The Australian stock market lost a little more ground in the day's trade after weaker than expected unemployment data and as some financial stocks traded ex-dividend.

At the official market close of 1615 AEDT the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index fell 0.22 per cent to 5422 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index edged down 0.2 per cent to 5415.4 points.

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