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Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.51%

Published 06/12/2024, 02:30 AM
© Reuters Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.51%

Investing.com – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Utilities, IT and Industrials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.51%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Healius Ltd (ASX:HLS), which rose 8.61% or 0.12 points to trade at 1.45 at the close. Meanwhile, St Barbara Ltd (ASX:SBM) added 4.35% or 0.01 points to end at 0.24 and Woodside Energy Ltd (ASX:WDS) was up 2.69% or 0.73 points to 27.82 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Nickel Mines Ltd (ASX:NIC), which fell 7.61% or 0.07 points to trade at 0.85 at the close. Unibail Rodamco Westfield (ASX:URW) declined 4.40% or 0.28 points to end at 6.09 and Atlas Arteria (ASX:ALX) was down 4.35% or 0.22 points to 4.84.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 727 to 412 and 480 ended unchanged.

Shares in Atlas Arteria (ASX:ALX) fell to 3-years lows; down 4.35% or 0.22 to 4.84.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 11.68.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.25% or 5.80 to $2,332.40 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.80% or 0.62 to hit $78.52 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.61% or 0.50 to trade at $82.42 a barrel.

AUD/USD was unchanged 0.15% to 0.66, while AUD/JPY rose 0.24% to 104.06.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.36% at 104.82.

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