Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.74%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.74%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Metals & Mining , Resources and Gold sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.74%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were APN News & Media Ltd (AX: APN ), which rose 12.81% or 0.078 points to trade at 0.682 at the close. Aristocrat Leisure Ltd (AX: ALL ) added 6.82% or 0.790 points to end at 12.380 and Mineral Resources Ltd (AX: MIN ) was up 6.24% or 0.470 points to 8.000 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Iluka Resources Ltd (AX: ILU ), which lost 5.65% or 0.350 points to trade at 5.840 in late trade. Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (AX: LNG ) declined 4.87% or 0.028 points to end at 0.537 and Mesoblast Ltd (AX: MSB ) shed 4.02% or 0.075 points to 1.790.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 533 to 486 and 376 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 2.85% to 18.278.

In commodities trading, Gold for June delivery was up 0.43% or 5.45 to $1276.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 0.77% or 0.36 to hit $46.34 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 0.56% or 0.27 to trade at $47.81 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.35% to 0.7299, while AUD/JPY fell 0.60% to 79.38.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.02% at 94.13.

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