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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.
The Reserve Bank of Australia will publish its statement and announce the interest rate on July 7, at 7:30 MT time.
The overall market sentiment was mixed after the USA recorded the largest increase in virus cases since May 9. The data even offset the better-than-expected NFP.
The risk-on tone is back on the market again. Let’s look at main trading opportunities.