Investors’ shares have finished the session barely lower on the Australian market but had a third consecutive week of gains.

The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index closed down eight points, or 0.12 per cent, to 6539.2 on Friday.

The All Ordinaries closed lower by 2.8 points, or 0.04 per cent, to 6739.9.

The indices were set to record minor gains but dipped sharply after the close of trade at 1600 AEDT.

The ASX200 gained 2.09 per cent for the week.

The Aussie dollar was buying 72.92 US cents at 1621 AEDT, lower from 72.93 US cents at Thursday’s close.