Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.95%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.95%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Energy , Healthcare and IT sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.95%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Platinum Asset Management Ltd (AX: PTM ), which rose 4.46% or 0.210 points to trade at 4.920 at the close. Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX: GXY ) added 3.50% or 0.070 points to end at 2.070 and Orocobre Ltd (AX: ORE ) was up 2.43% or 0.090 points to 3.790 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Tassal Group Ltd (AX: TGR ), which lost 5.91% or 0.230 points to trade at 3.660 in late trade. Nextdc Ltd (AX: NXT ) declined 5.73% or 0.260 points to end at 4.280 and Nanosonics Ltd (AX: NAN ) shed 3.83% or 0.100 points to 2.510.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 675 to 452 and 317 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 11.13% to 14.928 a new 6-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.27% or 3.36 to $1219.94 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 1.27% or 0.58 to hit $44.94 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 1.16% or 0.56 to trade at $47.55 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.01% to 0.7585, while AUD/JPY rose 0.43% to 86.25.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.19% at 95.76.

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