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 Tuesday, as losses in the Financials , 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 Syrah Resources Ltd (AX: SYR ), which rose 5.70% or 0.110 points to trade at 2.040 at the close. Mayne Pharma Group Ltd (AX: MYX ) added 4.91% or 0.040 points to end at 0.855 and Domain Holdings Australia Ltd (AX: DHG ) was up 3.96% or 0.090 points to 2.360 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Automotive Group Holdings Ltd (AX: AHG ), which lost 4.18% or 0.065 points to trade at 1.490 in late trade. Pact Group Holdings Ltd (AX: PGH ) declined 3.62% or 0.140 points to end at 3.730 and Emeco Holdings Ltd (AX: EHL ) shed 3.14% or 0.080 points to 2.470.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 614 to 464 and 369 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 3.08% to 13.119.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.31% or 3.95 to $1278.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 0.83% or 0.45 to hit $53.59 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.99% or 0.62 to trade at $62.12 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.27% to 0.7138, while AUD/JPY fell 0.49% to 78.11.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 96.055.

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