Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.18%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.18%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Industrials , Energy and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.18%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Bluescope Steel Ltd (AX: BSL ), which rose 3.94% or 0.480 points to trade at 12.670 at the close. Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ) added 3.78% or 0.068 points to end at 1.853 and Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (AX: TWE ) was up 3.70% or 0.440 points to 12.340 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Worleyparsons Ltd (AX: WOR ), which lost 12.78% or 1.260 points to trade at 8.600 in late trade. Brambles Ltd (AX: BXB ) declined 10.66% or 1.120 points to end at 9.390 and Bapcor Ltd (AX: BAP ) shed 3.92% or 0.225 points to 5.515.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 644 to 479 and 328 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 5.33% to 11.445.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.30% or 3.75 to $1235.35 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.04% or 0.02 to hit $53.80 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to trade at $55.81 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.21% to 0.7678, while AUD/JPY rose 0.45% to 86.81.

The US Dollar Index Futures was unchanged 0.00% at 100.89.

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