Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.11%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.11%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Utilities , IT and Industrials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.11%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (ASX: SAR ), which rose 6.06% or 0.220 points to trade at 3.850 at the close. St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM ) added 5.48% or 0.160 points to end at 3.080 and Ausdrill Ltd (ASX: ASL ) was up 4.31% or 0.075 points to 1.815 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sandfire Resources NL (ASX: SFR ), which lost 11.17% or 0.790 points to trade at 6.280 in late trade. Nearmap Ltd (ASX: NEA ) declined 7.77% or 0.320 points to end at 3.800 and Domino'S Pizza Enterprises Ltd (ASX: DMP ) shed 7.23% or 2.830 points to 36.300.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 723 to 516 and 422 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 0.93% to 13.265.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.99% or 14.10 to $1432.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 0.41% or 0.24 to hit $57.66 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.61% or 0.39 to trade at $63.79 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.04% to 0.6958, while AUD/JPY fell 0.31% to 74.45.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 95.445.

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