Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.47%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.47%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Telecoms Services , Energy and Utilities sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.47%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were A2 Milk Company Ltd (AX: A2M ), which rose 6.46% or 0.450 points to trade at 7.420 at the close. Blackmores Ltd (AX: BKL ) added 6.17% or 9.25 points to end at 159.11 and Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd (AX: NEC ) was up 3.29% or 0.05 points to 1.57 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Retail Food Group Ltd (AX: RFG ), which lost 4.26% or 0.100 points to trade at 2.250 in late trade. Speedcast International Ltd (AX: SDA ) declined 4.10% or 0.220 points to end at 5.140 and Nanosonics Ltd (AX: NAN ) shed 3.72% or 0.100 points to 2.590.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 678 to 597 and 383 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 4.01% to 11.563 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.51% or 6.80 to $1341.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.34% or 0.22 to hit $64.52 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.37% or 0.26 to trade at $70.00 a barrel.

AUD/USD was unchanged 0.00% to 0.7966, while AUD/JPY rose 0.33% to 88.33.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 90.25.

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