Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.07%

15/03/2019 06:00:00 Stock Market

Australia stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Gold, Metals&Mining and Materials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.07%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Emeco Holdings Ltd (AX:EHL), which rose 6.40% or 0.130 points to trade at 2.160 at the close. Meanwhile, Eclipx Group Ltd (AX:ECX) added 4.72% or 0.085 points to end at 1.885 and Mirvac Group (AX:MGR) was up 4.17% or 0.110 points to 2.750 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Syrah Resources Ltd (AX:SYR), which fell 6.09% or 0.070 points to trade at 1.080 at the close. Perpetual Ltd (AX:PPT) declined 5.76% or 2.540 points to end at 41.590 and Regis Resources Ltd (AX:RRL) was down 4.28% or 0.240 points to 5.370.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 632 to 521 and 366 ended unchanged.

Shares in Mirvac Group (AX:MGR) rose to 5-year highs; rising 4.17% or 0.110 to 2.750.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 1.08% to 11.646.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.29% or 3.75 to $1298.85 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.05% or 0.03 to hit $58.58 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.06% or 0.04 to trade at $67.19 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.29% to 0.7085, while AUD/JPY rose 0.23% to 79.08.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.11% at 96.665.