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 Monday, as losses in the Energy , Consumer Discretionary and Consumer Staples sectors propelled shares lower.

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

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Perpetual Ltd (AX: PPT ), which rose 12.27% or 4.720 points to trade at 43.200 at the close. St Barbara Ltd (AX: SBM ) added 7.43% or 0.310 points to end at 4.480 and Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ) was up 5.86% or 0.065 points to 1.175 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Bingo Industries Ltd (AX: BIN ), which lost 4.97% or 0.080 points to trade at 1.530 in late trade. Worleyparsons Ltd (AX: WOR ) declined 4.18% or 0.600 points to end at 13.770 and Infigen Energy Ltd (AX: IFN ) shed 4.00% or 0.020 points to 0.480.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 664 to 443 and 377 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 0.51% to 13.249.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.20% or 2.65 to $1296.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.98% or 0.55 to hit $56.62 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 1.10% or 0.72 to trade at $66.46 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.02% to 0.7046, while AUD/JPY rose 0.25% to 78.36.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.00% at 97.268.

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