ASX down, trades were very light today, US shut down, gold and government bonds popular. Better than expected retail results, department stores up, Harvey Norman up by about 2% and David Jones up by about 1.5% and Kathmand up about 1/3 of a %. Gold stocks generally weaker, gold prices generally steady. Aussie dollar up from 93.4 US cents up to just short of 94US cents.

1st October 2013, CommSec End of Day Report: US Government shutdown looms