Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.10%

Aug 03, 2018

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

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.10%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Appen Ltd (AX:APX), which rose 6.54% or 0.710 points to trade at 11.570 at the close. Meanwhile, Pilbara Minerals Ltd (AX:PLS) added 6.51% or 0.055 points to end at 0.900 and Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (AX:APT) was up 4.07% or 0.560 points to 14.310 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Lynas Corporation Ltd (AX:LYC), which fell 4.89% or 0.110 points to trade at 2.140 at the close. Automotive Group Holdings Ltd (AX:AHG) declined 4.17% or 0.110 points to end at 2.530 and G8 Education Ltd (AX:GEM) was down 3.97% or 0.100 points to 2.420.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 676 to 578 and 371 ended unchanged.

Shares in Automotive Group Holdings Ltd (AX:AHG) fell to 5-year lows; falling 4.17% or 0.110 to 2.530.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 2.91% to 12.225.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.34% or 4.20 to $1224.30 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 0.83% or 0.57 to hit $68.39 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 0.31% or 0.23 to trade at $73.22 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.65% to 0.7407, while AUD/JPY rose 0.24% to 82.38.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.14% at 94.87.