Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index fell 0.8 percent to 4,784.60 at the 4:10 p.m. in Sydney. New Zealand’s NZX 50 Index dropped for a second day, losing less than 0.1 percent to 3,495.11 at the 5 p.m. close in Wellington.
The following were among the most active shares in the market today. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names.
Gold producers: Gold futures for June delivery rose 70 cents to settle at $1,557.10 in New York, extending the precious metal’s rally to a record.
Newcrest Mining Ltd. (NCM AU), Australia’s biggest gold producer, fell 1.5 percent to A$40.54. Rival St. Barbara Ltd. (SBM AU) declined 0.9 percent to A$2.20.
APN News & Media Ltd. (APN AU) lost 5.7 percent to A$1.49. The publishing company said first-half earnings before interest and taxes will be below last year by A$15 million to A$20 million.
Aquila Resources Ltd. (AQA AU) dropped 5.9 percent to A$8.18. The mining company was downgraded to “sell” from “hold” by Royal Bank of Scotland Plc analysts.
Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. (ANZ AU) fell 2.1 percent to A$23.80. The nation’s third-biggest lender by market value reported first-half profit of A$2.66 billion (2.91 billion), missing analyst estimates of A$2.77 billion.
Fairfax Media Ltd. (FXJ AU) slumped 8 percent to A$1.21. Australia’s second-largest newspaper publisher said it expects to report earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of about A$600 million, excluding significant items, for the full financial year. Its stock rating was cut to “sell” from “hold” at Deutsche Bank AG. The publisher was the biggest loser on the index.
OneSteel Ltd. (OST AU) climbed 3.4 percent to A$2.15. The second-largest Australian producer of the alloy was raised to “overweight” from “neutral” at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Orica Ltd. (ORI AU) slipped 2.3 percent to A$26.62. The world’s largest industrial explosives maker was cut to “sell” from “hold” by Citigroup Inc. analysts and to “neutral” from “outperform” at Credit Suisse AG.
Kathmandu Holdings Ltd. (KMD NZ) jumped 6.1 percent to NZ$2.60. The retailer of outdoor clothing and equipment said third-quarter sales rose 32 percent from a year earlier while sales for the nine months ended May 1 increased 23 percent.