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Australian shares fall on miners, commodities

Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:29 AM ET

(Updates to close)

SYDNEY, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Australian shares fell 0.3 percent on Monday, ending seven straight sessions of gains, dragged down by commodities and mining sectors as investors' attention turned to the coming U.S. earnings season amid concerns of weaker results.

Mining magnates BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto

lost 0.2 percent and 0.3 percent respectively.

Among the commodities, gold miner Newcrest

dropped

3.2 percent, while Woodside Petroleum

lost 0.5 percent.

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index

lost 12.5 points to 4,481.9 according to the latest data. The benchmark rose 0.9 percent on Friday to its highest close since August 2011.

New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index

rose 0.5 percent or 19.1 points to 3,923.9.

(Reporting by Thuy Ong; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

((thuy.ong@thomsonreuters.com)(+61 2 9373 1236)(Reuters Messaging: thuy.ong@thomsonreuters.com))

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