Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.25%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.25%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Telecoms Services , Consumer Discretionary and Real Estate Investment sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.25%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were CSL Ltd (AX: CSL ), which rose 5.08% or 7.22 points to trade at 149.29 at the close. Computershare Ltd. (AX: CPU ) added 4.85% or 0.800 points to end at 17.290 and Aveo Group (AX: AOG ) was up 3.49% or 0.090 points to 2.670 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Fletcher Building Ltd (AX: FBU ), which lost 6.85% or 0.490 points to trade at 6.660 in late trade. Domino'S Pizza Enterprises Ltd (AX: DMP ) declined 6.06% or 3.000 points to end at 46.500 and Pilbara Minerals Ltd (AX: PLS ) shed 4.02% or 0.035 points to 0.835.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 705 to 492 and 351 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 2.30% to 18.340.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.52% or 6.90 to $1337.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to hit $59.19 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.14% or 0.09 to trade at $62.81 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.23% to 0.7876, while AUD/JPY fell 0.33% to 84.46.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.22% at 89.40.

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