Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.19%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.19%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Utilities , Consumer Discretionary and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.19%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Seven Group Holdings Ltd (AX: SVW ), which rose 7.97% or 1.055 points to trade at 14.285 at the close. APN Outdoor Group Ltd (AX: APO ) added 4.41% or 0.200 points to end at 4.740 and Southern Cross Media Group Ltd (AX: SXL ) was up 3.65% or 0.040 points to 1.135 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Australian Agricultural Company Ltd (AX: AAC ), which lost 4.06% or 0.055 points to trade at 1.300 in late trade. Domain Holdings Australia Ltd (AX: DHG ) declined 3.80% or 0.140 points to end at 3.540 and Myob Group Ltd (AX: MYO ) shed 3.54% or 0.130 points to 3.540.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 687 to 541 and 346 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 6.56% to 11.569.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.35% or 4.56 to $1291.94 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 0.14% or 0.08 to hit $56.63 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 0.13% or 0.08 to trade at $62.64 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.09% to 0.7557, while AUD/JPY fell 0.15% to 84.67.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.32% at 93.91.

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