Australian shares slide at close of trade

Australian shares slide at close of trade

On Friday, Australian stocks inched down after the close because losses in the A-REITs, Healthcare as well as Industrials sectors weighed on stocks.

Australian benchmark S&P/ASX 200 went down 1.55%.

Mineral Resources Ltd, Metcash Ltd and Bega Cheese Ltd became the best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200. They leapt 9.15%, 2.55% and 2.34% respectively.    

The worst performance was demonstrated by such benchmarks as BT Investment Management Ltd, Fairfax Media Ltd and Flight Centre Ltd. They slid respectively 7.79%, 6.46% and 4.11%.   

Sagging shares managed to outperform soaring ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 752 to 483. Meanwhile, 394 stood still.

Gauging the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, the S&P/ASX 200 VIX grew 11.35%, trading at 13.149.

The currency pair AUD/USD gained up to 0.12%, trading at 0.7692. Simultaneously,  AUD/JPY edged down 0.05%, being worth 86.15.

The US Dollar Index Futures jumped 0.02%, demonstrating 95.34.

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