The majority of sectors close in the red, with energy, financials and utilities the weakest links. At the other end of the spectrum, IT, healthcare and consumer discretionary stocks were the best performers.
At the heavy end of the market, mining giants BHP (-0.6%) and Rio Tinto (-1.1%) weighed. The banks split the pair, although the results were slightly distorted as NAB and WBC traded ex-div.
ANZ (+0.8%) and CBA (+1.1%) gained ground, whilst NAB (-4.3%) and WBC (-2.9%) lost ground. For the week the XJO added just two points.