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Australia: Stocks down as Brexit jitters dim mood

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[SYDNEY] Australian shares continued their slide on Tuesday as Britain's shock vote to leave the European Union continued to cause turmoil in global markets.

The S&P/ASX 200 index shed 0.66 per cent, or 33.93 points, to 5103.30 at the close of trading. The benchmark had edged up 0.47 per cent on Monday, but it is down 4.5 per cent since Friday.

New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index rose slightly on Tuesday, picking up 0.44 per cent or 29.65 points to finish the session at 6716.58.