Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.97%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.97%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Healthcare , IT and Industrials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.97% to hit a new 3-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Nextdc Ltd (AX: NXT ), which rose 2.61% or 0.160 points to trade at 6.290 at the close. Mineral Resources Ltd (AX: MIN ) added 1.55% or 0.240 points to end at 15.710 and Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd (AX: HVN ) was up 1.45% or 0.050 points to 3.510 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Bellamys Australia Ltd (AX: BAL ), which lost 6.25% or 0.560 points to trade at 8.400 in late trade. Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ) declined 5.66% or 0.060 points to end at 1.000 and Wisetech Global Ltd (AX: WTC ) shed 5.39% or 1.060 points to 18.600.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 840 to 331 and 349 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 2.14% to 14.391 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.47% or 5.60 to $1194.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.47% or 0.35 to hit $74.64 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.50% or 0.42 to trade at $84.33 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.04% to 0.7082, while AUD/JPY fell 0.05% to 80.10.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 95.41.

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