Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.12%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.12%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Utilities , Healthcare and Real Estate Investment sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.12%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Flight Centre Ltd (AX: FLT ), which rose 10.67% or 4.265 points to trade at 44.225 at the close. Syrah Resources Ltd (AX: SYR ) added 7.83% or 0.220 points to end at 3.030 and Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX: GXY ) was up 6.40% or 0.110 points to 1.830 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sonic Healthcare Ltd (AX: SHL ), which lost 3.75% or 0.910 points to trade at 23.370 in late trade. Mayne Pharma Group Ltd (AX: MYX ) declined 2.42% or 0.025 points to end at 1.010 and Infigen Energy (AX: IFN ) shed 2.33% or 0.018 points to 0.733.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 560 to 541 and 335 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 down 0.36% to 13.661.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.58% or 7.02 to $1226.22 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 0.19% or 0.09 to hit $46.98 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.12% or 0.06 to trade at $49.55 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.20% to 0.7619, while AUD/JPY rose 0.08% to 86.23.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 95.96.

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