Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.47%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.47%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Gold , Metals & Mining and Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.47%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Ozforex Grp (AX: OFX ), which rose 5.88% or 0.090 points to trade at 1.620 at the close. BT Investment Management Ltd (AX: BTT ) added 5.84% or 0.590 points to end at 10.690 and Platinum Asset Management Ltd (AX: PTM ) was up 4.19% or 0.220 points to 5.470 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ), which lost 12.54% or 0.175 points to trade at 1.220 in late trade. St Barbara Ltd (AX: SBM ) declined 9.88% or 0.250 points to end at 2.280 and Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (AX: SAR ) shed 9.21% or 0.110 points to 1.085.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 673 to 410 and 281 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 down 0.06% to 15.578.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was down 0.99% or 12.15 to $1212.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 0.23% or 0.10 to hit $43.31 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 0.04% or 0.02 to trade at $44.73 a barrel.

AUD/USD was unchanged 0.00% to 0.7544, while AUD/JPY rose 0.81% to 81.18.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.60% at 99.58.

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