Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.74%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.74%© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.74% – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the lost 0.74%.

The best performers of the session on the were Monadelphous Group Ltd (ASX:), which rose 3.00% or 0.480 points to trade at 16.500 at the close. Meanwhile, Southern Cross Media Group Ltd (ASX:) added 2.81% or 0.025 points to end at 0.915 and Metcash Ltd (ASX:) was up 2.36% or 0.070 points to 3.040 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Polynovo Ltd (ASX:), which fell 6.09% or 0.120 points to trade at 1.850 at the close. Webjet Ltd (ASX:) declined 5.98% or 0.770 points to end at 12.110 and Mineral Resources Ltd (ASX:) was down 5.50% or 0.810 points to 13.920.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 676 to 443 and 303 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 3.61% to 11.627.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.29% or 4.25 to $1469.95 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 0.25% or 0.14 to hit $56.87 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 0.27% or 0.17 to trade at $62.23 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.04% to 0.6800, while AUD/JPY fell 0.05% to 73.83.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 97.800.

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