Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.13%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.13%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Telecoms Services , Gold and Energy sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.13%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Steadfast F (AX: SDF ), which rose 3.75% or 0.090 points to trade at 2.490 at the close. Bega Cheese Ltd (AX: BGA ) added 2.92% or 0.170 points to end at 6.000 and Breville Group Ltd (AX: BRG ) was up 2.66% or 0.260 points to 10.020 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Crown Ltd (AX: CWN ), which lost 7.82% or 0.990 points to trade at 11.670 in late trade. Ardent Leisure Group (AX: AAD ) declined 6.10% or 0.100 points to end at 1.540 and Spotless Fp (AX: SPO ) shed 6.10% or 0.050 points to 0.770.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 693 to 469 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 3.60% to 12.844.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.82% or 10.25 to $1243.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.11% or 0.06 to hit $54.07 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.19% or 0.11 to trade at $56.62 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.03% to 0.7654, while AUD/JPY rose 0.66% to 86.92.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.28% at 101.61.

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