© Reuters. Australian Indices Close Lower; S & P / ASX 200 down 0.80%
Investing.com – The Australian Stock Exchange closed lower on Friday; losses in sectors, and, drove indices lower. At the close in Sydney, it lost 0.80%. The best performers of the session on the was Pointsbet Holdings Ltd (ASX :), which rose 7.42% or 0.94 points to trade at 13.60 at the close. They are followed by Mesoblast Ltd (ASX :), which advanced 6.83%, or 0.125 points, to close at 1,955, and Janus Henderson Group PLC DRC (ASX :), which rose 5.16%, or 2.20 points, to dismiss the session at 44.85. The worst performer of the session was Beach Energy Ltd (ASX :), which fell 24.11%, or 0.405 points, to trade at 1.275 at the close. Perenti Global Ltd (ASX 🙂 was down 4.80%, or 0.055 points, to close at 1,090, and Seven Group Holdings Ltd (ASX 🙂 was down 4.77%, or 1,080 points, to finish at 21,540. Shares on the downside outnumbered those moving up on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 773 to 582 and 374 ended unchanged. Janus Henderson Group PLC DRC (ASX 🙂 shares rose to 52-week highs; up to 5.16% or 2.20 to 44.85. The, which measures the implied volatility of S & P / ASX 200 options, was up 6.79% to 11.595. Gold futures for June delivery were up 0.05% or 0.85 at $ 1,769.15 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in the commodities trade, crude oil for June delivery fell 0.71% or 0.46 to $ 64.55 a barrel, while July’s Brent oil contract fell 0.51% or 0.35 to trade at $ 67.70 a barrel. AUD / USD was up 0.04% to 0.7767, while AUD / JPY was up 0.00% to 84.56. US Dollar Index futures were up 0.13% to 90.710.