Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.33%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.33%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Metals & Mining , Resources and Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.33%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Duluxgroup Ltd (AX: DLX ), which rose 27.25% or 2.090 points to trade at 9.760 at the close. Blackmores Ltd (AX: BKL ) added 6.46% or 5.70 points to end at 94.00 and Syrah Resources Ltd (AX: SYR ) was up 6.11% or 0.070 points to 1.215 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (AX: FMG ), which lost 8.64% or 0.700 points to trade at 7.400 in late trade. Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (AX: APT ) declined 5.89% or 1.460 points to end at 23.340 and Wisetech Global Ltd (AX: WTC ) shed 5.81% or 1.350 points to 21.900.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 626 to 544 and 357 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 6.53% to 11.122.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.24% or 3.05 to $1280.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.62% or 0.40 to hit $64.45 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.33% or 0.24 to trade at $71.96 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.24% to 0.7192, while AUD/JPY rose 0.26% to 80.56.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 96.588.

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