Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.03%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.03%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Energy , Consumer Discretionary and Resources sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.03%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Seven West Media Ltd (AX: SWM ), which rose 5.67% or 0.028 points to trade at 0.512 at the close. Emeco Holdings Ltd (AX: EHL ) added 3.58% or 0.065 points to end at 1.880 and Estia Health Ltd (AX: EHE ) was up 3.64% or 0.100 points to 2.850 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Crown Ltd (AX: CWN ), which lost 9.10% or 1.280 points to trade at 12.780 in late trade. Independence Group NL (AX: IGO ) declined 4.13% or 0.210 points to end at 4.870 and Janus Henderson Group PLC DRC (AX: JHG ) shed 4.10% or 1.440 points to 33.720.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 579 to 553 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 down 0.92% to 11.374.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.13% or 1.75 to $1306.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.38% or 0.24 to hit $64.22 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.28% or 0.20 to trade at $70.81 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.27% to 0.7141, while AUD/JPY rose 0.33% to 79.41.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 96.625.

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