Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 1.05%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 1.05%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Energy , Utilities and Resources sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 1.05%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Bellamys Australia Ltd (AX: BAL ), which rose 4.69% or 0.380 points to trade at 8.490 at the close. Aveo Group (AX: AOG ) added 4.08% or 0.080 points to end at 2.040 and Flight Centre Ltd (AX: FLT ) was up 3.97% or 1.830 points to 47.910 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ), which lost 11.26% or 0.130 points to trade at 1.025 in late trade. Seven West Media Ltd (AX: SWM ) declined 6.67% or 0.060 points to end at 0.840 and Washington H Soul Pattinson&Co Ltd (AX: SOL ) shed 5.21% or 1.560 points to 28.400.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 820 to 368 and 326 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 6.82% to 18.146.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.27% or 3.30 to $1227.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 0.32% or 0.22 to hit $69.14 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.43% or 0.34 to trade at $79.49 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.24% to 0.7065, while AUD/JPY fell 0.54% to 79.47.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.37% at 95.80.

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