Investors ended what was a strong week for the Australian share market on a cautious note.
After rising above the 5,000-point mark earlier in the week, trade today was flat.
The All Ordinaries index closed down 3 points at 5,055, while the ASX 200 index was down 3 points to 5,034.
A 1 per cent loss by the mining sector was made up by gains elsewhere.
Rio Tinto fell 2.7 per cent after the miner reported a full-year net loss following the market's close yesterday.
BHP Billiton slipped 0.8 per cent, Fortescue Metals Group lost 3 per cent and gold miner Newcrest fell back 1.1 per cent.
It was a different story for the finance sector, despite a 1 per cent fall for ANZ.
The bank over the final three months of last year.
But the Commonwealth gained 0.2 per cent, NAB 0.6 per cent and Westpac 1.4 per cent.
News that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is did not hurt their share prices.
Woolworths shares finished flat while Coles owner Wesfarmers jumped 1.7 per cent.
The ACCC is investigating whether the supermarket chains are bullying some of their suppliers, but both insist they are committed to fair and ethical business practices.
Other retailers were mixed.
Department store chains Myer and David Jones both went up 0.75 per cent but JB Hi-Fi fell 2.3 per cent.
On the commodities market, spot gold was trading around $US1,633 an ounce.
West Texas intermediate crude oil was fetching around $US97.31 a barrel, and Tapis crude oil in Singapore was worth around $US124.73 cents a barrel.
Just before 5pm AEDT the Australian dollar was buying around 103.57 US cents, 77.55 euro cents, 66.78 British pence, 95.89 Japanese yen and 121.74 New Zealand cents.