Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.79%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.79%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Energy , Resources and Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.79%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Ioof Holdings Ltd (AX: IFL ), which rose 4.65% or 0.390 points to trade at 8.780 at the close. Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ) added 4.18% or 0.050 points to end at 1.245 and Western Areas Ltd (AX: WSA ) was up 4.13% or 0.130 points to 3.280 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nextdc Ltd (AX: NXT ), which lost 4.50% or 0.150 points to trade at 3.180 in late trade. Amcor Ltd (AX: AMC ) declined 3.74% or 0.560 points to end at 14.420 and Oil Search Ltd (AX: OSH ) shed 3.03% or 0.210 points to 6.730.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 549 to 505 and 352 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 3.70% to 12.352.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was up 1.24% or 14.60 to $1193.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 0.33% or 0.15 to hit $45.91 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 0.27% or 0.13 to trade at $48.11 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.40% to 0.7474, while AUD/JPY fell 0.83% to 83.58.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.59% at 100.88.

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