Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.53%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.53%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Healthcare , Financials and Energy sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.53%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Telstra Corporation Ltd. (AX: TLS ), which rose 8.11% or 0.240 points to trade at 3.200 at the close. St Barbara Ltd (AX: SBM ) added 7.14% or 0.320 points to end at 4.800 and Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (AX: SAR ) was up 6.80% or 0.200 points to 3.140 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Eclipx Group Ltd (AX: ECX ), which lost 16.54% or 0.440 points to trade at 2.220 in late trade. Resmed Inc DRC (AX: RMD ) declined 10.44% or 1.510 points to end at 12.960 and Incitec Pivot Ltd (AX: IPL ) shed 7.87% or 0.280 points to 3.280.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 689 to 453 and 336 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 up 12.03% to 13.424.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.00% or 0.05 to $1303.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.81% or 0.42 to hit $52.41 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.75% or 0.45 to trade at $60.26 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.01% to 0.7164, while AUD/JPY fell 0.03% to 78.31.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.02% at 95.407.

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