Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.24%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.24%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Real Estate Investment , Financials and Utilities sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.24%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Mayne Pharma Group Ltd (AX: MYX ), which rose 3.94% or 0.025 points to trade at 0.660 at the close. Transurban Group (AX: TCL ) added 3.66% or 0.450 points to end at 12.730 and Crown Ltd (AX: CWN ) was up 3.21% or 0.400 points to 12.850 in late trade.

Biggest losers included HT&E Ltd (AX: HT1 ), which lost 7.04% or 0.140 points to trade at 1.850 in late trade. Retail Food Group Ltd (AX: RFG ) declined 4.68% or 0.140 points to end at 2.850 and Macquarie Atlas Roads Group (AX: MQA ) shed 3.77% or 0.240 points to 6.120.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 631 to 576 and 343 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 down 3.59% to 11.016.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.05% or 0.60 to $1256.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.21% or 0.12 to hit $57.16 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.03% or 0.02 to trade at $63.33 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.04% to 0.7670, while AUD/JPY unchanged 0.00% to 86.17.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 93.60.

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