5:30 PM Sydney – Australian stocks and dollar edged lower after Greece and European leaders hammered out a deal that may not be possible to implement. Amcor agreed to acquire India-based packaging company. Australand agreed to sell industrial property to Growthpoint.
Australian market indexes eased and the Aussie dollar weakened more after European lenders and Greece agreed on a deal that may be difficult to implement.
European lenders agreed to provide additional loan of $95 billion to Greece in exchange for tougher reforms and an oversight of the International Monetary Fund.
The deal still needs to win an approval from the Greek parliament and a group of euro zone finance ministers.
Australian dollar closed at 74.86 U.S. cents and in stock trading turnover dropped to 631 million shares worth $3.8 billion.
At close, the ASX 200 Index fell 18.80 or 0.3% to 5,473.20 and the broader All Ordinaries Index decreased 17.70 to 5,460.40.
In commodities trading, gold slid US$1 to US$1,164 an ounce and Brent crude slipped $1.69 to close at US$57.04 a barrel.
Australian Stock Movers
fell 0.9% to $13.48 after the packaging company agreed to acquire India-based Packaging India Private Limited from Essel Propack Ltd for about US$26.4 million.
BigAir Group Limited
soared 5.8% to 63.5 cents after the wireless broadband services provider agreed to acquire cloud services provider Applaud IT for $1.2 million.
Growthpoint Properties Australia Ltd
closed unchanged at $3.16 after the real estate developer agreed to acquire from Australand a newly constructed industrial property in South Australia for about $20.8 million.
Horizon Oil Ltd
jumped 3.6% to 0.087 cents after the petroleum explorer forecasted revenues in the first-half of about US$25 million and US$104 million in the year.