Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index declined 0.4 percent to 4,251.2 at the close of trading in Sydney, falling 0.9 percent through the week. New Zealand’s NZX 50 Index was little changed at 3,312.23 in Wellington, having retreated 0.5 percent this week.
The following were among the most active shares in the market. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names.
Magma Metals Ltd. (MMW AU) surged 69 percent to 13.5 Australian cents after Panoramic Resources Ltd. announced a takeover bid for the company. Panoramic Resources shares slipped 0.8 percent to A$1.26.
Warehouse Group Ltd. (WHS NZ) slid 3.3 percent to NZ$2.95 after New Zealand’s biggest discount retailer cut its full-year earnings forecast as much as 11 percent because of pressure on profit margins.