Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.42%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.42%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Metals & Mining , Resources and Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.42%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Aconex Ltd (AX: ACX ), which rose 5.82% or 0.170 points to trade at 3.090 at the close. Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ) added 3.72% or 0.058 points to end at 1.603 and Sirtex Medical Ltd (AX: SRX ) was up 2.87% or 0.410 points to 14.700 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Southern Cross Media Group Ltd (AX: SXL ), which lost 4.95% or 0.073 points to trade at 1.393 in late trade. Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (AX: FMG ) declined 4.73% or 0.320 points to end at 6.440 and James Hardie Industries PLC (AX: JHX ) shed 4.36% or 0.910 points to 19.940.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 584 to 503 and 305 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 3.28% to 13.045.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.34% or 4.15 to $1215.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.64% or 0.34 to hit $53.88 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.50% or 0.28 to trade at $56.84 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.08% to 0.7651, while AUD/JPY rose 0.17% to 86.53.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 99.91.

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