Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.28%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.28%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Metals & Mining , Materials and Resources sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.28%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Altium Ltd (AX: ALU ), which rose 2.84% or 0.220 points to trade at 7.980 at the close. Virtus Health Ltd (AX: VRT ) added 2.49% or 0.150 points to end at 6.170 and Scentre (AX: SCG ) was up 2.01% or 0.090 points to 4.560 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (AX: FMG ), which lost 4.47% or 0.270 points to trade at 5.770 in late trade. Estia Health Ltd (AX: EHE ) declined 3.21% or 0.080 points to end at 2.410 and Tatts Group Ltd (AX: TTS ) shed 3.08% or 0.140 points to 4.410.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 428 to 428 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 up 3.19% to 10.543.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was up 0.15% or 1.75 to $1132.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.43% or 0.23 to hit $52.72 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 0.33% or 0.18 to trade at $54.87 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.26% to 0.7199, while AUD/JPY fell 0.35% to 84.53.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.09% at 102.98.

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