Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.00%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.00%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Telecoms Services , Financials and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.00% to hit a new 6-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were A2 Milk Company Ltd (AX: A2M ), which rose 4.75% or 0.300 points to trade at 6.610 at the close. Technology One Ltd (AX: TNE ) added 3.96% or 0.180 points to end at 4.730 and Aconex Ltd (AX: ACX ) was up 3.39% or 0.130 points to 3.960 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Reliance Worldwide Corporation (Aust) Pty Ltd (AX: RWC ), which lost 5.64% or 0.220 points to trade at 3.680 in late trade. Asaleo Care (AX: AHY ) declined 2.82% or 0.045 points to end at 1.550 and Western Areas Ltd (AX: WSA ) shed 2.74% or 0.080 points to 2.840.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 588 to 562 and 364 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 1.36% to 11.915.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.02% or 0.21 to $1277.01 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.20% or 0.10 to hit $49.88 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.11% or 0.06 to trade at $55.74 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.47% to 0.7826, while AUD/JPY fell 0.46% to 88.25.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 93.37.

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