Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 1.16%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 1.16%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the IT , Healthcare and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 1.16% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were CSR Ltd (AX: CSR ), which rose 8.61% or 0.310 points to trade at 3.910 at the close. Regis Resources Ltd (AX: RRL ) added 7.45% or 0.240 points to end at 3.460 and Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ) was up 7.35% or 0.113 points to 1.643 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Webjet Ltd (AX: WEB ), which lost 11.85% or 1.290 points to trade at 9.600 in late trade. Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd (AX: CWY ) declined 7.26% or 0.085 points to end at 1.085 and Nextdc Ltd (AX: NXT ) shed 7.12% or 0.260 points to 3.390.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 773 to 304 and 288 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 12.97% to 18.364 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was up 0.43% or 5.55 to $1293.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 0.77% or 0.36 to hit $46.31 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 0.60% or 0.29 to trade at $47.85 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.27% to 0.7631, while AUD/JPY fell 0.61% to 79.20.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.15% at 97.61.

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