Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.11%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.11%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Energy , IT and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.11%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were G8 Education Ltd (AX: GEM ), which rose 11.32% or 0.240 points to trade at 2.360 at the close. Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd (AX: SIG ) added 4.90% or 0.025 points to end at 0.535 and Costa Group Holdings Ltd (AX: CGC ) was up 4.65% or 0.290 points to 6.520 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Lend Lease Group (AX: LLC ), which lost 18.68% or 3.260 points to trade at 14.190 in late trade. Corporate Travel Managment Ltd (AX: CTD ) declined 8.41% or 1.930 points to end at 21.020 and Orocobre Ltd (AX: ORE ) shed 7.23% or 0.340 points to 4.360.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 567 to 534 and 380 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 1.45% to 14.088.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.36% or 4.40 to $1220.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 0.10% or 0.06 to hit $60.61 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.08% or 0.06 to trade at $70.71 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.14% to 0.7247, while AUD/JPY fell 0.27% to 82.55.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 96.57.

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