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 Thursday, as losses in the Telecoms Services , Real Estate Investment and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

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

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Xero Ltd (AX: XRO ), which rose 8.77% or 3.510 points to trade at 43.530 at the close. Western Areas Ltd (AX: WSA ) added 7.31% or 0.160 points to end at 2.350 and Lynas Corporation Ltd (AX: LYC ) was up 7.03% or 0.110 points to 1.675 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Syrah Resources Ltd (AX: SYR ), which lost 10.06% or 0.175 points to trade at 1.565 in late trade. Emeco Holdings Ltd (AX: EHL ) declined 4.24% or 0.100 points to end at 2.260 and Ardent Leisure Ltd (AX: ALG ) shed 3.90% or 0.055 points to 1.355.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 625 to 554 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 up 5.45% to 14.052.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.70% or 9.20 to $1319.10 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.72% or 0.39 to hit $54.62 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.93% or 0.57 to trade at $62.11 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.29% to 0.7267, while AUD/JPY rose 0.03% to 79.03.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.09% at 94.945.

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