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 Thursday, as losses in the Telecoms Services , Gold and Utilities 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 Breville Group Ltd (AX: BRG ), which rose 18.01% or 2.150 points to trade at 14.090 at the close. Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd (AX: CWY ) added 13.11% or 0.255 points to end at 2.200 and Magellan Financial Group Ltd (AX: MFG ) was up 9.90% or 2.890 points to 32.090 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Unibail Rodamco Westfield (AX: URW ), which lost 8.39% or 1.03 points to trade at 11.25 in late trade. Pact Group Holdings Ltd (AX: PGH ) declined 7.72% or 0.250 points to end at 2.990 and AMP Ltd (AX: AMP ) shed 7.38% or 0.180 points to 2.260.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 574 to 529 and 358 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 down 3.45% to 12.686.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.24% or 3.15 to $1311.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.74% or 0.40 to hit $54.30 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.88% or 0.56 to trade at $64.17 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.49% to 0.7123, while AUD/JPY rose 0.52% to 79.08.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 96.882.

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