Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.27%

© Reuters Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.27%

Investing.com – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Gold, Utilities and Consumer Discretionary sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.27%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Zip Co Ltd (ASX:ZIP), which rose 12.14% or 0.09 points to trade at 0.79 at the close. Meanwhile, Nufarm Ltd (ASX:NUF) added 8.86% or 0.48 points to end at 5.90 and Resolute Mining Ltd (ASX:RSG) was up 8.11% or 0.02 points to 0.20 in late trade.

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The worst performers of the session were Appen Ltd (ASX:APX), which fell 7.75% or 0.22 points to trade at 2.62 at the close. St Barbara Ltd (ASX:SBM) declined 7.09% or 0.05 points to end at 0.59 and Evolution Mining Ltd (ASX:EVN) was down 5.62% or 0.15 points to 2.52.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 712 to 590 and 397 ended unchanged.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 1.35% to 15.54.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.07% or 1.25 to $1,778.05 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 0.84% or 0.73 to hit $86.19 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 0.68% or 0.64 to trade at $93.22 a barrel.

AUD/USD was unchanged 0.09% to 0.68, while AUD/JPY rose 0.40% to 94.46.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.05% at 106.25.

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