S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) ended the day 17 points or 0.26% lower at 6640.5. The major banks were the main drivers of losses with the big four all closing lower.
Heavy losses were felt among the utilities, communications and financial stocks. A 1% drop for Telstra (ASX:TLS) weighed most on the telco sector.
Healthcare and industrials stocks were notable gainers while resources also saw advances.
Lithium miner Orocobre (ASX:ORE) fell 4.9%, the most among the top 200 stocks, following a price target cut from a broker yesterday.
Bellamy’s Australia (ASX:BAL) was another major decliner with the organic dairy and infant formula maker declining 4.6%.