Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.69%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.69%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Gold , IT and Metals & Mining sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.69%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Myer Holdings Ltd (AX: MYR ), which rose 6.08% or 0.045 points to trade at 0.785 at the close. Mayne Pharma Group Ltd (AX: MYX ) added 4.88% or 0.030 points to end at 0.645 and Skycity Entertainment Group Ltd (AX: SKC ) was up 3.49% or 0.120 points to 3.560 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Aristocrat Leisure Ltd (AX: ALL ), which lost 7.33% or 1.730 points to trade at 21.870 in late trade. Independence Group NL (AX: IGO ) declined 5.62% or 0.250 points to end at 4.200 and Iress Ltd (AX: IRE ) shed 4.06% or 0.460 points to 10.880.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 670 to 560 and 357 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 6.70% to 12.470.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.11% or 1.40 to $1283.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.30% or 0.17 to hit $57.47 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.43% or 0.27 to trade at $62.80 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.25% to 0.7590, while AUD/JPY rose 0.38% to 85.05.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 93.11.

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