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 Healthcare , IT and Energy 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 Estia Health Ltd (AX: EHE ), which rose 4.40% or 0.110 points to trade at 2.610 at the close. TPG Telecom Ltd (AX: TPM ) added 4.39% or 0.300 points to end at 7.140 and Aristocrat Leisure Ltd (AX: ALL ) was up 4.28% or 1.010 points to 24.630 in late trade.

Biggest losers included New Hope Corporation Ltd (AX: NHC ), which lost 11.79% or 0.520 points to trade at 3.890 in late trade. Hub24 Ltd (AX: HUB ) declined 4.07% or 0.550 points to end at 12.950 and Whitehaven Coal Ltd (AX: WHC ) shed 3.72% or 0.160 points to 4.140.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 589 to 538 and 361 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 1.56% to 11.523.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.35% or 4.55 to $1306.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.13% or 0.08 to hit $59.30 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.03% or 0.02 to trade at $67.56 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.05% to 0.7098, while AUD/JPY fell 0.19% to 78.98.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 95.910.

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