Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.82%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.82%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the IT , Consumer Staples and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.82%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Regis Resources Ltd (AX: RRL ), which rose 3.00% or 0.130 points to trade at 4.470 at the close. Domain Holdings Australia Ltd (AX: DHG ) added 2.83% or 0.080 points to end at 2.910 and Vocus Group Ltd (AX: VOC ) was up 2.03% or 0.080 points to 4.030 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Cimic Group Ltd (AX: CIM ), which lost 7.07% or 3.540 points to trade at 46.500 in late trade. Bellamys Australia Ltd (AX: BAL ) declined 6.99% or 0.730 points to end at 9.720 and Emeco Holdings Ltd (AX: EHL ) shed 6.76% or 0.140 points to 1.930.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 836 to 376 and 351 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 19.27% to 14.103 a new 3-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.18% or 2.25 to $1283.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 2.24% or 1.39 to hit $60.55 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 2.15% or 1.52 to trade at $69.33 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.49% to 0.6988, while AUD/JPY rose 0.19% to 77.35.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 97.333.

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