August 24, 2018 / 1:18 AM / in 3 months

BUZZ-Australia's gold miners hit near 9-month low

** Australia’s gold index declines as much as 2.8 pct to 4,554.3, its lowest level since Oct, 2017

** Gold prices slid overnight, under pressure from a stronger dollar on speculations that the central bank intends to raise interest rates

** Ramelius Resources and Alacer Gold fall about 4 pct each

** Newcrest Mining Ltd extends losses to a fourth session on a 34.4 pct decline in annual profits

** Up to its last close, gold index down 4.8 pct this year, compared with a 3 pct increase in the S&P/ASX 200 index

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