Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.54%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.54%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Materials , Metals & Mining and Resources sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.54%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were APA Group (AX: APA ), which rose 20.80% or 1.720 points to trade at 9.990 at the close. Gateway Lifestyle Group (AX: GTY ) added 15.03% or 0.275 points to end at 2.105 and Metcash Ltd (AX: MTS ) was up 3.33% or 0.090 points to 2.790 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Bellamys Australia Ltd (AX: BAL ), which lost 6.40% or 1.120 points to trade at 16.380 in late trade. Wisetech Global Ltd (AX: WTC ) declined 5.31% or 0.870 points to end at 15.500 and Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd (AX: SIG ) shed 4.46% or 0.035 points to 0.750.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 734 to 495 and 435 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 11.42% to 12.175.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.02% or 0.20 to $1299.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 0.50% or 0.33 to hit $66.03 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 0.28% or 0.21 to trade at $75.67 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.01% to 0.7573, while AUD/JPY rose 0.19% to 83.75.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 93.84.

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