Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.53%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.53%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Real Estate Investment , Energy and Industrials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.53%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Nextdc Ltd (AX: NXT ), which rose 3.03% or 0.120 points to trade at 4.080 at the close. Bellamys Australia Ltd (AX: BAL ) added 2.44% or 0.100 points to end at 4.200 and Iluka Resources Ltd (AX: ILU ) was up 2.42% or 0.180 points to 7.620 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nanosonics Ltd (AX: NAN ), which lost 3.13% or 0.100 points to trade at 3.100 in late trade. Fairfax Media Ltd (AX: FXJ ) declined 2.84% or 0.030 points to end at 1.025 and Goodman Group (AX: GMG ) shed 2.40% or 0.190 points to 7.740.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 540 to 533 and 356 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 0.15% to 11.202.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.30% or 3.70 to $1241.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.52% or 0.26 to hit $50.09 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.64% or 0.34 to trade at $52.79 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.03% to 0.7643, while AUD/JPY fell 0.04% to 85.50.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 100.41.

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