SYDNEY, AAP – Australia’s share market had its fourth loss in the past five sessions, albeit by a marginal amount.

The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index closed lower by 7.1 points, or 0.11 per cent, to 6745.4 on Tuesday.

The All Ordinaries closed down by 8.4 points, or 0.12 per cent, at 6986.6.

In the major sectors, financials declined by 0.52 per cent while materials gained 0.22 per cent.

Telecommunications proved the top sector, up 1.03 per cent, while the worst was energy, which dropped 1.04 per cent.

The Australian dollar was buying 76.92 US cents at 1620 AEDT, lower from 77.24 US cents at Monday’s close.