Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.13%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.13%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the IT , Consumer Discretionary and Industrials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.13% to hit a new 3-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Santos Ltd (AX: STO ), which rose 16.57% or 0.840 points to trade at 5.910 at the close. Independence Group NL (AX: IGO ) added 4.57% or 0.210 points to end at 4.810 and Western Areas Ltd (AX: WSA ) was up 4.31% or 0.135 points to 3.265 in late trade.

Biggest losers included BT Investment Management Ltd (AX: BTT ), which lost 3.28% or 0.330 points to trade at 9.720 in late trade. Nextdc Ltd (AX: NXT ) declined 3.06% or 0.200 points to end at 6.340 and Magellan Financial Group Ltd (AX: MFG ) shed 2.92% or 0.695 points to 23.145.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 790 to 449 and 364 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 0.98% to 16.445.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.26% or 3.50 to $1343.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.08% or 0.05 to hit $63.06 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.12% or 0.08 to trade at $67.72 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.30% to 0.7685, while AUD/JPY rose 0.38% to 81.45.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 89.66.

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