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SYDNEY, Dec 17 AAP

December 17 2012, 10:17AM

The Australian share market has opened slightly lower as falls in the financial sector outweigh gains by miners.

At 1015 AEDT on Monday, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was down four points, or 0.08 per cent, at 4,579.1, while the broader All Ordinaries index was down 2.7 points, or 0.06 per cent, at 4,592.4.

On the ASX 24, the December share price index futures contract was one point lower at 4,580, with 11,805 contracts traded.