Miners take a dive

MINING heavyweights took a battering on the Australian bourse today following a slump in base metal prices, while the benchmark S&P-ASX 200 index fell to its lowest level in two-and-a-half years.

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The index has slipped by as much as 2.2% to 4742.3 points this morning, while the broader All Ordinaries Index was down 1.74% to 4871.4 points.

Mining goliath BHP Billiton fell by as much as $2.

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