Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.72%

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Australia shares lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.72%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Energy , Financials and Resources sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.72%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Seven West Media Ltd (AX: SWM ), which rose 5.10% or 0.040 points to trade at 0.825 at the close. Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (AX: SAR ) added 3.75% or 0.048 points to end at 1.312 and Regis Resources Ltd (AX: RRL ) was up 2.69% or 0.100 points to 3.820 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX: GXY ), which lost 6.49% or 0.125 points to trade at 1.800 in late trade. APN Outdoor Group Ltd (AX: APO ) declined 6.10% or 0.300 points to end at 4.620 and Origin Energy Ltd (AX: ORG ) shed 3.78% or 0.270 points to 6.880.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 612 to 454 and 372 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 6.41% to 13.284.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.03% or 0.35 to $1254.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.07% or 0.03 to hit $45.80 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.12% or 0.06 to trade at $48.12 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.18% to 0.7929, while AUD/JPY rose 0.12% to 88.08.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 93.74.

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