Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.38%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.38%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the IT , Healthcare and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.38%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (AX: SAR ), which rose 3.17% or 0.080 points to trade at 2.600 at the close. Pact Group Holdings Ltd (AX: PGH ) added 2.32% or 0.080 points to end at 3.530 and St Barbara Ltd (AX: SBM ) was up 1.89% or 0.080 points to 4.310 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Fletcher Building Ltd (AX: FBU ), which lost 10.81% or 0.560 points to trade at 4.620 in late trade. Altium Ltd (AX: ALU ) declined 9.40% or 2.220 points to end at 21.390 and Orocobre Ltd (AX: ORE ) shed 7.40% or 0.370 points to 4.630.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 796 to 336 and 374 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 0.87% to 17.400.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.16% or 2.00 to $1223.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 0.38% or 0.22 to hit $56.98 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 0.57% or 0.38 to trade at $66.41 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.25% to 0.7276, while AUD/JPY fell 0.27% to 81.88.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 96.10.

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