Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.35%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.35%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Telecoms Services , Metals & Mining and Resources sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.35%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Emeco Holdings Ltd (ASX: EHL ), which rose 12.46% or 0.220 points to trade at 1.985 at the close. Nanosonics Ltd (ASX: NAN ) added 8.72% or 0.430 points to end at 5.360 and Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST ) was up 5.71% or 0.570 points to 10.550 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Vocus Group Ltd (ASX: VOC ), which lost 24.54% or 1.070 points to trade at 3.290 in late trade. Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX: PLS ) declined 9.93% or 0.070 points to end at 0.635 and Challenger Ltd (ASX: CGF ) shed 8.49% or 0.590 points to 6.360.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 692 to 510 and 421 ended unchanged on the Sydney Stock Exchange.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 0.37% to 13.496.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.16% or 2.15 to $1342.35 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.06% or 0.03 to hit $52.80 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.23% or 0.14 to trade at $62.15 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.04% to 0.6875, while AUD/JPY rose 0.15% to 74.64.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 97.055.

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