The Australian share market finished flat on Wednesday, as investors remained focused on the release of jobs data in the United States later this week. In choppy trade - the S&P/ASX200 barely moved, down 2 points (less than 0.1 per cent) to 5759.7, while the broader All Ordinaries Index lost 2.5 index points to 5799.5. In the US the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average swung between losses and gains on Wednesday after a strong private hiring report raised the odds of an interest rate hike next week, lifting bank stocks while dragging rate-sensitive sectors.

What this means for you:
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