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 Utilities , Healthcare and IT 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 Vocus Group Ltd (AX: VOC ), which rose 5.26% or 0.120 points to trade at 2.400 at the close. Whitehaven Coal Ltd (AX: WHC ) added 5.08% or 0.180 points to end at 3.720 and Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX: GXY ) was up 2.45% or 0.050 points to 2.090 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sky Network Television Ltd. (AX: SKT ), which lost 6.20% or 0.155 points to trade at 2.345 in late trade. Super Retail Group Ltd (AX: SUL ) declined 4.26% or 0.340 points to end at 7.640 and Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd (AX: NEC ) shed 3.66% or 0.05 points to 1.31.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 664 to 526 and 366 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 9.46% to 13.484.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.86% or 11.50 to $1341.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 0.04% or 0.02 to hit $47.27 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 0.83% or 0.44 to trade at $52.31 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.05% to 0.7964, while AUD/JPY fell 0.66% to 87.27.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.29% at 92.55.

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