Negative end takes shine off bright day

IT WAS a day in which the closing scoreboard did not truly reflect the run of play, with a generally buoyant day for resources stocks tempered by a late-arvo sell-down inspired by plenty of red in other corners of the stock exchange.

After waking up to perfect conditions in the form of yet another overnight jump in commodity prices (tin, lead and nickel all posted records while copper added a lazy 4%), mining stocks spent the bulk