The clear majority of sectors remained in the red however, with materials companies the hardest hit. Mining majors BHP (-1.8%), Rio Tinto (-1.8%) and Fortescue (-1%) all weighed.Other sectors hit hard were the IT and energy sectors.
Winners on the day included OM Holdings and Gindalbie Metals, each of which added 5%. At the other end of the spectrum, Energy World Corporation (-8.6%) and Mincor (-8.6%) bled the most.
The XJO ended the day down 39 points (-0.9%), at 4350.