Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.61%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.61%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Financials , Real Estate Investment and Healthcare sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.61%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX: GXY ), which rose 8.14% or 0.035 points to trade at 0.465 at the close. Aconex Ltd (AX: ACX ) added 6.09% or 0.280 points to end at 4.880 and Bellamys Australia Ltd (AX: BAL ) was up 4.31% or 0.250 points to 6.050 in late trade.

Biggest losers included JB Hi-Fi Ltd (AX: JBH ), which lost 4.39% or 1.100 points to trade at 23.980 in late trade. Commonwealth Bank Of Australia . (AX: CBA ) declined 3.94% or 3.360 points to end at 81.940 and Westpac Banking Corporation (AX: WBC ) shed 3.65% or 1.245 points to 32.835.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 577 to 503 and 385 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 5.06% to 12.389.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.04% or 0.55 to $1227.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 0.15% or 0.07 to hit $46.36 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 0.12% or 0.06 to trade at $49.28 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.49% to 0.7351, while AUD/JPY fell 0.39% to 83.33.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 99.04.

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