Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.07%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.07%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Gold , Industrials and Metals & Mining sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.07%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Nanosonics Ltd (AX: NAN ), which rose 5.86% or 0.170 points to trade at 3.070 at the close. Domino'S Pizza Enterprises Ltd (AX: DMP ) added 3.75% or 1.910 points to end at 52.910 and Seven West Media Ltd (AX: SWM ) was up 3.29% or 0.028 points to 0.863 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Retail Food Group Ltd (AX: RFG ), which lost 8.21% or 0.055 points to trade at 0.615 in late trade. Asaleo Care (AX: AHY ) declined 4.41% or 0.060 points to end at 1.300 and Aurizon Holdings Ltd (AX: AZJ ) shed 3.94% or 0.170 points to 4.150.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 627 to 578 and 435 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 0.86% to 10.644.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.21% or 2.80 to $1300.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 0.42% or 0.28 to hit $65.67 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 0.53% or 0.41 to trade at $76.91 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.22% to 0.7608, while AUD/JPY fell 0.26% to 83.41.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 93.40.

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