Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.09%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.09%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Gold , Consumer Discretionary and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.09%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Wisetech Global Ltd (AX: WTC ), which rose 6.06% or 1.210 points to trade at 21.190 at the close. Janus Henderson Group PLC DRC (AX: JHG ) added 4.19% or 1.400 points to end at 34.810 and Ioof Holdings Ltd (AX: IFL ) was up 3.30% or 0.210 points to 6.570 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Appen Ltd (AX: APX ), which lost 9.15% or 2.230 points to trade at 22.140 in late trade. Syrah Resources Ltd (AX: SYR ) declined 6.41% or 0.075 points to end at 1.095 and Ardent Leisure Ltd (AX: ALG ) shed 5.23% or 0.075 points to 1.360.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 571 to 543 and 374 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 4.34% to 12.674.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.45% or 5.85 to $1296.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.16% or 0.09 to hit $56.88 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.03% or 0.02 to trade at $66.60 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.06% to 0.7065, while AUD/JPY rose 0.03% to 78.64.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.13% at 97.047.

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