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 Healthcare , Real Estate Investment and Telecoms Services 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 Northern Star Resources Ltd (AX: NST ), which rose 7.36% or 0.660 points to trade at 9.630 at the close. Computershare Ltd. (AX: CPU ) added 5.90% or 1.050 points to end at 18.850 and Emeco Holdings Ltd (AX: EHL ) was up 5.90% or 0.160 points to 2.870 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Pact Group Holdings Ltd (AX: PGH ), which lost 8.73% or 0.310 points to trade at 3.240 in late trade. Bapcor Ltd (AX: BAP ) declined 7.94% or 0.510 points to end at 5.910 and Carsales.Com Ltd (AX: CAR ) shed 5.42% or 0.660 points to 11.520.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 618 to 509 and 363 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 up 2.40% to 13.139.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.21% or 2.75 to $1316.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.87% or 0.46 to hit $53.56 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.85% or 0.53 to trade at $62.95 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.55% to 0.7132, while AUD/JPY rose 0.70% to 78.91.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.05% at 96.453.

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