Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.43%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.43%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Healthcare , IT and Metals & Mining sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.43%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were AMP Ltd (AX: AMP ), which rose 4.55% or 0.150 points to trade at 3.450 at the close. GWA Group Ltd (AX: GWA ) added 3.26% or 0.105 points to end at 3.325 and Telstra Corporation Ltd. (AX: TLS ) was up 2.17% or 0.060 points to 2.820 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sandfire Resources NL (AX: SFR ), which lost 9.15% or 0.750 points to trade at 7.450 in late trade. Independence Group NL (AX: IGO ) declined 6.68% or 0.320 points to end at 4.470 and Syrah Resources Ltd (AX: SYR ) shed 6.09% or 0.190 points to 2.930.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 647 to 545 and 397 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 1.33% to 11.983.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.29% or 3.50 to $1219.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.33% or 0.23 to hit $68.92 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 0.13% or 0.10 to trade at $74.86 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.07% to 0.7395, while AUD/JPY fell 0.06% to 82.12.

The US Dollar Index Futures was unchanged 0.00% at 94.47.

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