Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.40%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.40%© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.40% – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the declined 0.40%.

The best performers of the session on the were Appen Ltd (ASX:), which rose 13.38% or 3.120 points to trade at 26.430 at the close. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd (ASX:) added 4.86% or 0.530 points to end at 11.430 and Technology One Ltd (ASX:) was up 3.65% or 0.290 points to 8.230 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Smartgroup Corporation Ltd (ASX:), which fell 13.65% or 1.500 points to trade at 9.490 at the close. Nufarm Ltd (ASX:) declined 5.15% or 0.330 points to end at 6.080 and Invocare Ltd (ASX:) was down 4.56% or 0.630 points to 13.200.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 687 to 485 and 320 ended unchanged.

Shares in Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd (ASX:) rose to 5-year highs; up 4.86% or 0.530 to 11.430.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 0.78% to 10.879.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.24% or 3.55 to $1464.95 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 0.03% or 0.02 to hit $57.81 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 0.11% or 0.07 to trade at $63.23 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.07% to 0.6815, while AUD/JPY rose 0.04% to 74.17.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 97.795.

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