Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.36%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.36%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Energy , Resources and Metals & Mining sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.36%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (AX: LNG ), which rose 21.21% or 0.105 points to trade at 0.600 at the close. Select Harvests Ltd (AX: SHV ) added 6.26% or 0.280 points to end at 4.750 and APN News & Media Ltd (AX: APN ) was up 5.60% or 0.033 points to 0.613 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Qantas Airways Ltd (AX: QAN ), which lost 11.08% or 0.450 points to trade at 3.610 in late trade. Santos Ltd (AX: STO ) declined 7.07% or 0.295 points to end at 3.875 and Worleyparsons Ltd (AX: WOR ) shed 6.97% or 0.440 points to 5.870.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 513 to 497 and 340 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 8.83% to 16.979.

In commodities trading, Gold for June delivery was up 0.23% or 2.90 to $1237.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 4.32% or 1.80 to hit $39.91 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 3.99% or 1.72 to trade at $41.38 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.75% to 0.7667, while AUD/JPY fell 1.48% to 82.79.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.04% at 94.72.

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