Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.34%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.34%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Industrials , Healthcare and Real Estate Investment sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.34%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX: GXY ), which rose 8.20% or 0.255 points to trade at 3.365 at the close. Orocobre Ltd (AX: ORE ) added 6.52% or 0.360 points to end at 5.880 and Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd (AX: SIG ) was up 3.82% or 0.028 points to 0.748 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (AX: TWE ), which lost 6.16% or 1.110 points to trade at 16.910 in late trade. Westpac Banking Corporation (AX: WBC ) declined 4.05% or 1.225 points to end at 28.985 and Bellamys Australia Ltd (AX: BAL ) shed 3.99% or 0.690 points to 16.620.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 618 to 591 and 375 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 4.06% to 11.804.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.05% or 0.60 to $1292.10 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 0.41% or 0.29 to hit $71.78 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 0.24% or 0.19 to trade at $79.47 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.32% to 0.7539, while AUD/JPY rose 0.19% to 83.13.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.20% at 93.08.

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