Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.64%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.64%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Financials , Real Estate Investment and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.64%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Xero Ltd (AX: XRO ), which rose 3.08% or 1.510 points to trade at 50.510 at the close. Lynas Corporation Ltd (AX: LYC ) added 2.19% or 0.035 points to end at 1.630 and Eclipx Group Ltd (AX: ECX ) was up 1.95% or 0.050 points to 2.620 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nufarm Ltd (AX: NUF ), which lost 8.22% or 0.542 points to trade at 6.050 in late trade. Australian Pharma Industries Ltd (AX: API ) declined 4.06% or 0.070 points to end at 1.655 and Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (AX: APT ) shed 2.84% or 0.510 points to 17.440.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 575 to 505 and 365 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 4.96% to 11.389.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.33% or 3.90 to $1192.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.37% or 0.27 to hit $73.52 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.59% or 0.49 to trade at $83.22 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.19% to 0.7208, while AUD/JPY rose 0.01% to 82.12.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 94.86.

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