Australia stocks worse at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 downcast 0.37%

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Australia’s stocks fell after the close on Friday, led by losses in the Gold, A-REITs, and Metals & Mining sectors. The S&P/ASX 200 was down 0.37 percent at the close in Sydney. Computershare Ltd. (ASX: CPU) was the highest performer on the S&P/ASX 200 during the session, rising 5.73 percent or 0.97 points to trade at 17.90 at the closing. Premier Investments Ltd (ASX: PMV) rose 5.50 percent or 1.52 points to 29.15, while Washington H Soul Pattinson&Co Ltd (ASX:SOL) rose 3.76 percent or 1.42 points to 39.16 in late afternoon.

Ramelius Resources Ltd (ASX: RMS) was the session’s poorest performer, falling 6.09 percent or 0.085 points to close at 1.310. Centuria Industrial Reit Unit (ASX: CIP) fell 5.86 percent or 0.23 points to close at 3.77, while Perseus Mining Ltd (ASX: PRU) fell 5.70 percent or 0.085 points to 1. 405.On the Sydney Stock Exchange, declining equities outweighed advancing ones by a margin of 731 to 624, with 415 remaining unchanged.

Computershare Ltd. (ASX: CPU) shares reached a 52-week high, climbing 5.73 percent or 0.97 to 17.90. Premier Investments Ltd (ASX: PMV) shares reached an all-time high, rising 5.50 percent or 1.52 to 29.15. The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, rose 0.00 percent to 12. 205.Gold futures for December delivery rose 0.17 percent, or $2.95, to $1752.75 a troy ounce. In other commodities trading, crude oil for November delivery increased 0.11 lot or 0.08 percent to $73.38 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.26 % or 0.20 percent to $77.45 a barrel. The AUD/USD pair declined 0.22 rate to 0.7279, while the AUD/JPY pair fell 0.01 percent to 80.46. The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13 points higher at 93.153.