Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.05%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.05%
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Investing.com – Australia equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Real Estate Investment , IT and Healthcare sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.05%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were TPG Telecom Ltd (AX: TPM ), which rose 5.17% or 0.270 points to trade at 5.490 at the close. Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX: GXY ) added 4.49% or 0.120 points to end at 2.790 and ARB Corporation Ltd (AX: ARB ) was up 3.35% or 0.560 points to 17.260 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Southern Cross Media Group Ltd (AX: SXL ), which lost 3.98% or 0.053 points to trade at 1.268 in late trade. Mayne Pharma Group Ltd (AX: MYX ) declined 3.79% or 0.028 points to end at 0.698 and Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd (AX: SIG ) shed 3.45% or 0.030 points to 0.840.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 590 to 544 and 383 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 3.48% to 12.096.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.02% or 0.21 to $1311.01 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.16% or 0.08 to hit $50.27 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 0.20% or 0.11 to trade at $55.37 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.19% to 0.7974, while AUD/JPY rose 0.41% to 89.16.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.14% at 91.68.

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