Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.38%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.38%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Telecoms Services , IT and Utilities sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.38%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Myer Holdings Ltd (AX: MYR ), which rose 4.76% or 0.030 points to trade at 0.660 at the close. Retail Food Group Ltd (AX: RFG ) added 4.22% or 0.100 points to end at 2.470 and IPH Ltd (AX: IPH ) was up 2.80% or 0.150 points to 5.500 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (AX: SAR ), which lost 3.98% or 0.070 points to trade at 1.690 in late trade. G.U.D. Holdings Ltd (AX: GUD ) declined 3.10% or 0.390 points to end at 12.190 and Bega Cheese Ltd (AX: BGA ) shed 3.08% or 0.230 points to 7.230.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 587 to 565 and 398 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 1.02% to 10.139.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.07% or 0.90 to $1298.10 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.77% or 0.46 to hit $60.30 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.70% or 0.46 to trade at $66.62 a barrel.

AUD/USD was unchanged 0.00% to 0.7797, while AUD/JPY fell 0.16% to 87.91.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 92.31.

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