At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.21%.
The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Western Areas Ltd (AX:WSA), which rose 3.59% or 0.120 points to trade at 3.460 at the close. Meanwhile, Mayne Pharma Group Ltd (AX:MYX) added 3.24% or 0.023 points to end at 0.718 and South32 Ltd (AX:S32) was up 3.02% or 0.105 points to 3.585 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Seven West Media Ltd (AX:SWM), which fell 10.34% or 0.060 points to trade at 0.520 at the close. Perpetual Ltd (AX:PPT) declined 5.15% or 2.290 points to end at 42.190 and Webjet Ltd (AX:WEB) was down 5.08% or 0.550 points to 10.270.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 625 to 567 and 379 ended unchanged.
Shares in Perpetual Ltd (AX:PPT) fell to 52-week lows; falling 5.15% or 2.290 to 42.190.
The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 1.02% to 12.855.
Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.09% or 1.20 to $1346.70 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.83% or 0.56 to hit $66.83 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.96% or 0.70 to trade at $71.88 a barrel.
AUD/USD was up 0.09% to 0.7771, while AUD/JPY fell 0.05% to 83.31.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 89.48.
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