Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.25%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.25%
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Investing.com – Australia equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Industrials , Real Estate Investment and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.25%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Infigen Energy (AX: IFN ), which rose 10.00% or 0.060 points to trade at 0.660 at the close. Bellamys Australia Ltd (AX: BAL ) added 4.06% or 0.830 points to end at 21.260 and Healthscope (AX: HSO ) was up 3.68% or 0.070 points to 1.970 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Retail Food Group Ltd (AX: RFG ), which lost 7.84% or 0.080 points to trade at 0.940 in late trade. IPH Ltd (AX: IPH ) declined 3.26% or 0.115 points to end at 3.415 and NIB Holdings (AX: NHF ) shed 3.30% or 0.200 points to 5.860.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 664 to 499 and 382 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 2.80% to 13.630.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.45% or 6.10 to $1353.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.27% or 0.18 to hit $67.00 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.07% or 0.05 to trade at $72.11 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.08% to 0.7749, while AUD/JPY rose 0.01% to 82.84.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 89.31.

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