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Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.32%

Stock Markets Mar 21, 2016 03:00AM ET
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Investing.com – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Energy, Financials and Consumer Staples sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.32%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Mineral Resources Ltd (AX:MIN), which rose 5.36% or 0.330 points to trade at 6.490 at the close. Meanwhile, Select Harvests Ltd (AX:SHV) added 4.07% or 0.180 points to end at 4.600 and Slater & Gordon Ltd (AX:SGH) was up 3.64% or 0.010 points to 0.285 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were AWE Ltd (AX:AWE), which fell 6.76% or 0.050 points to trade at 0.690 at the close. Whitehaven Coal Ltd (AX:WHC) declined 5.84% or 0.045 points to end at 0.725 and Beach Energy Ltd (AX:BPT) was down 5.44% or 0.040 points to 0.695.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Australia Stock Exchange by 479 to 454 and 291 ended unchanged.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 0.01% to 14.617 a new 6-months low.

Gold for April delivery was down 0.85% or 10.70 to $1243.60 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 1.17% or 0.48 to hit $40.66 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.73% or 0.30 to trade at $40.90 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.35% to 0.7581, while AUD/JPY fell 0.44% to 84.49.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.12% at 95.18.

Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.32%
 

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