Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.69%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.69%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Telecoms Services , Real Estate Investment and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.69% to hit a new 52-week low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ), which rose 6.39% or 0.070 points to trade at 1.165 at the close. Healthscope (AX: HSO ) added 6.31% or 0.130 points to end at 2.190 and Northern Star Resources Ltd (AX: NST ) was up 3.73% or 0.320 points to 8.910 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Orocobre Ltd (AX: ORE ), which lost 10.98% or 0.370 points to trade at 3.000 in late trade. Pilbara Minerals Ltd (AX: PLS ) declined 8.66% or 0.055 points to end at 0.580 and Vocus Group Ltd (AX: VOC ) shed 8.11% or 0.270 points to 3.060.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 746 to 401 and 337 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 1.17% to 20.351.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.41% or 5.20 to $1262.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.85% or 0.39 to hit $46.27 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.70% or 0.38 to trade at $54.73 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.03% to 0.7109, while AUD/JPY rose 0.16% to 79.22.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.24% at 95.955.

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