Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.12%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.12%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Metals & Mining , Healthcare and Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.12%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Bluescope Steel Ltd (AX: BSL ), which rose 4.01% or 0.450 points to trade at 11.670 at the close. Link Administration Holdings Ltd (AX: LNK ) added 2.44% or 0.180 points to end at 7.570 and Eclipx Group Ltd (AX: ECX ) was up 2.36% or 0.090 points to 3.910 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sirtex Medical Ltd (AX: SRX ), which lost 6.34% or 1.000 points to trade at 14.770 in late trade. Independence Group NL (AX: IGO ) declined 3.61% or 0.140 points to end at 3.740 and Syrah Resources Ltd (AX: SYR ) shed 2.79% or 0.105 points to 3.665.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 573 to 565 and 366 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 1.90% to 12.650.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.24% or 3.20 to $1324.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 0.22% or 0.11 to hit $49.19 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 0.31% or 0.17 to trade at $54.99 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.11% to 0.7995, while AUD/JPY rose 0.17% to 88.39.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.12% at 92.50.

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