Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.15%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.15%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Gold , Telecoms Services and Resources sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.15% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were A2 Milk Company Ltd (AX: A2M ), which rose 5.17% or 0.390 points to trade at 7.930 at the close. Infigen Energy (AX: IFN ) added 4.62% or 0.030 points to end at 0.680 and Flight Centre Ltd (AX: FLT ) was up 4.25% or 1.990 points to 48.830 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Orocobre Ltd (AX: ORE ), which lost 9.26% or 0.661 points to trade at 6.480 in late trade. Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX: GXY ) declined 7.37% or 0.280 points to end at 3.520 and Mineral Resources Ltd (AX: MIN ) shed 6.64% or 1.340 points to 18.840.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 757 to 539 and 325 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 0.28% to 11.571.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.28% or 3.70 to $1330.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 1.22% or 0.78 to hit $63.17 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 1.01% or 0.70 to trade at $68.61 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.14% to 0.8010, while AUD/JPY fell 0.03% to 88.84.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.10% at 90.22.

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