Metal prices provided equity buyers with little impetus.
Even a gold price north of US$1290 per ounce did little for associated stocks.
The leading performer of the bigger mining equities, Yancoal, achieved its 4.5% gain on pitiful turnover, with gold major AngloGold and nickel miner Wester Areas the next best.
Speaking of Western Areas, earlier this month the ASX Small Resources Index went through 2500 market, the first time that’s happened in over four years.
At its nadir in September 2015, it was at less than 1200 points.
Further down the scale, the better juniors for the day included St George Mining, Winmar Resources, Ventnor Resources, Spectr...