Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.78%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.78%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Consumer Discretionary , IT and Industrials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.78%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Alumina Ltd (AX: AWC ), which rose 5.23% or 0.093 points to trade at 1.863 at the close. Iluka Resources Ltd (AX: ILU ) added 3.58% or 0.290 points to end at 8.400 and Aveo Group (AX: AOG ) was up 2.97% or 0.095 points to 3.295 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Syrah Resources Ltd (AX: SYR ), which lost 6.68% or 0.195 points to trade at 2.725 in late trade. Bapcor Ltd (AX: BAP ) declined 5.47% or 0.300 points to end at 5.180 and A2 Milk Company Ltd (AX: A2M ) shed 4.66% or 0.160 points to 3.270.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 638 to 412 and 390 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 2.14% to 11.977.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.22% or 2.72 to $1226.92 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 0.17% or 0.08 to hit $47.91 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 0.12% or 0.06 to trade at $50.83 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.09% to 0.7385, while AUD/JPY unchanged 0.00% to 84.02.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 99.47.

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