Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.26%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.26%
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Investing.com – Australia equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Telecoms Services , Utilities and Real Estate Investment sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.26%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were NRW Holdings Ltd (ASX: NWH ), which rose 6.93% or 0.160 points to trade at 2.470 at the close. Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (ASX: APT ) added 5.52% or 1.420 points to end at 27.140 and Eclipx Group Ltd (ASX: ECX ) was up 4.20% or 0.050 points to 1.240 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Orocobre Ltd (ASX: ORE ), which lost 4.87% or 0.150 points to trade at 2.930 in late trade. Emeco Holdings Ltd (ASX: EHL ) declined 4.74% or 0.100 points to end at 2.010 and Bellamys Australia Ltd (ASX: BAL ) shed 4.65% or 0.370 points to 7.580.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 745 to 512 and 427 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 1.82% to 13.023.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.61% or 8.65 to $1410.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 2.08% or 1.20 to hit $59.03 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 1.56% or 1.00 to trade at $65.28 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.27% to 0.6976, while AUD/JPY rose 0.45% to 74.92.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.11% at 95.752.

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