Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.88%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.88%
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Investing.com – Australia equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Energy , Healthcare and Real Estate Investment sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.88%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Speedcast International Ltd (AX: SDA ), which rose 4.93% or 0.230 points to trade at 4.900 at the close. Computershare Ltd. (AX: CPU ) added 4.87% or 0.740 points to end at 15.930 and Incitec Pivot Ltd (AX: IPL ) was up 4.81% or 0.180 points to 3.920 in late trade.

Biggest losers included HT&E Ltd (AX: HT1 ), which lost 4.29% or 0.075 points to trade at 1.675 in late trade. Woodside Petroleum Ltd (AX: WPL ) declined 3.43% or 1.105 points to end at 31.135 and Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd (AX: SIG ) shed 3.23% or 0.025 points to 0.750.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 772 to 512 and 310 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 5.48% to 12.988.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.16% or 2.05 to $1276.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 0.25% or 0.14 to hit $56.62 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 0.30% or 0.19 to trade at $62.97 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.14% to 0.7634, while AUD/JPY rose 0.16% to 86.76.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.02% at 94.38.

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