Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.28%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.28%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Energy , Telecoms Services and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.28%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Domino'S Pizza Enterprises Ltd (AX: DMP ), which rose 6.50% or 3.200 points to trade at 52.430 at the close. Western Areas Ltd (AX: WSA ) added 3.99% or 0.135 points to end at 3.515 and Cochlear Ltd (AX: COH ) was up 3.68% or 7.22 points to 203.37 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Bellamys Australia Ltd (AX: BAL ), which lost 5.31% or 0.940 points to trade at 16.760 in late trade. Monadelphous Group Ltd (AX: MND ) declined 4.96% or 0.720 points to end at 13.790 and Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd (AX: SIG ) shed 4.14% or 0.033 points to 0.752.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 637 to 529 and 420 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 3.18% to 12.647.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.22% or 2.80 to $1298.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 0.27% or 0.18 to hit $66.86 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 0.18% or 0.14 to trade at $77.42 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.37% to 0.7540, while AUD/JPY fell 0.10% to 82.27.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.19% at 94.13.

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