Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.78%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.78%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Metals & Mining , Resources and Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.78%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (AX: APT ), which rose 5.76% or 0.650 points to trade at 11.940 at the close. Viva Energy Group Ltd (AX: VEA ) added 4.75% or 0.09 points to end at 1.99 and Super Retail Group Ltd (AX: SUL ) was up 4.59% or 0.330 points to 7.520 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Independence Group NL (AX: IGO ), which lost 7.71% or 0.300 points to trade at 3.590 in late trade. Mineral Resources Ltd (AX: MIN ) declined 6.65% or 1.030 points to end at 14.450 and Bluescope Steel Ltd (AX: BSL ) shed 6.03% or 0.760 points to 11.840.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 705 to 438 and 332 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 2.70% to 17.000.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.24% or 2.90 to $1232.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.33% or 0.67 to hit $51.09 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 1.69% or 1.00 to trade at $60.04 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.25% to 0.7249, while AUD/JPY rose 0.42% to 82.06.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 96.790.

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