Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.37%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.37%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Utilities , Real Estate Investment and Energy sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.37%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were A2 Milk Company Ltd (AX: A2M ), which rose 6.48% or 0.610 points to trade at 10.030 at the close. Wisetech Global Ltd (AX: WTC ) added 4.66% or 0.680 points to end at 15.280 and Altium Ltd (AX: ALU ) was up 3.03% or 0.660 points to 22.420 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Pact Group Holdings Ltd (AX: PGH ), which lost 4.96% or 0.275 points to trade at 5.265 in late trade. Southern Cross Media Group Ltd (AX: SXL ) declined 4.31% or 0.055 points to end at 1.220 and Washington H Soul Pattinson&Co Ltd (AX: SOL ) shed 3.42% or 0.690 points to 19.480.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 708 to 538 and 388 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 60.29% to 11.852.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.15% or 2.00 to $1295.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.36% or 0.23 to hit $64.98 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.13% or 0.10 to trade at $75.39 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.20% to 0.7633, while AUD/JPY fell 0.14% to 83.86.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 94.06.

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