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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.36%

Published 31/08/2018, 07:00
© Reuters.  Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.36%

Investing.com – Australia equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Telecoms Services, Metals & Mining and Resources sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.36%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Atlas Arteria (AX:ALX), which rose 3.47% or 0.230 points to trade at 6.850 at the close. Primary Health Care Ltd (AX:PRY) added 2.59% or 0.070 points to end at 2.770 and Ramsay Health Care Ltd (AX:RHC) was up 2.56% or 1.395 points to 55.875 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sandfire Resources NL (AX:SFR), which lost 8.13% or 0.630 points to trade at 7.120 in late trade. TPG Telecom Ltd (AX:TPM) declined 6.99% or 0.650 points to end at 8.650 and Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd (AX:HVN) shed 5.31% or 0.200 points to 3.570.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 632 to 593 and 359 ended unchanged on the Sydney Stock Exchange.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 9.13% to 11.799.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.50% or 6.00 to $1211.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 0.04% or 0.03 to hit $70.28 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.03% or 0.02 to trade at $78.04 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.07% to 0.7258, while AUD/JPY fell 0.05% to 80.56.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 94.57.

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