SYDNEY, AAP – Australia’s share market closed lower for a second consecutive day after considerable losses in major sectors including materials and health.

The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index closed down 61.1 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 6738.4 on Tuesday.

The All Ordinaries closed lower by 66.6 points, or 0.95 per cent, to 6969.8.

The heavyweight sectors of materials and health lost 1.88 and 1.05 per cent respectively.

The smaller energy sector shed 1.56 per cent.

The Australian dollar was buying 76.52 US cents at 1621 AEDT, higher from 76.21 US cents at Monday’s close.