Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.22%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.22%
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Investing.com – Australia equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Gold , Financials and Industrials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.22%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Blackmores Ltd (AX: BKL ), which rose 9.89% or 13.62 points to trade at 151.32 at the close. Nufarm Ltd (AX: NUF ) added 8.03% or 0.683 points to end at 9.190 and Orocobre Ltd (AX: ORE ) was up 5.58% or 0.250 points to 4.730 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (AX: SAR ), which lost 6.04% or 0.090 points to trade at 1.400 in late trade. Qantas Airways Ltd (AX: QAN ) declined 5.55% or 0.35 points to end at 5.96 and St Barbara Ltd (AX: SBM ) shed 4.00% or 0.120 points to 2.880.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 631 to 574 and 367 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 1.19% to 11.232.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.10% or 1.26 to $1268.34 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 0.09% or 0.05 to hit $52.59 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.07% or 0.04 to trade at $59.34 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.25% to 0.7641, while AUD/JPY fell 0.07% to 87.25.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.14% at 94.68.

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