Australia shares decrease at closing of trade; S&P/ASX 200 downward 0.12percent

© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.12%© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.12% – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the declined 0.12%.

The best performers of the session on the were Iress Ltd (AX:), which rose 7.64% or 0.850 points to trade at 11.980 at the close. Meanwhile, Orocobre Ltd (AX:) added 5.56% or 0.275 points to end at 5.225 and Beach Energy Ltd (AX:) was up 5.52% or 0.090 points to 1.720 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Primary Health Care Ltd (AX:), which fell 8.55% or 0.330 points to trade at 3.530 at the close. APA Group (AX:) declined 3.60% or 0.360 points to end at 9.630 and Cochlear Ltd (AX:) was down 3.54% or 7.01 points to 191.20.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 606 to 589 and 439 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 3.56% to 11.491.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.12% or 1.50 to $1302.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 0.17% or 0.11 to hit $66.53 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 0.39% or 0.30 to trade at $76.44 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.37% to 0.7552, while AUD/JPY fell 0.61% to 83.11.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 93.49.

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