Australia stocks lower at close of trade

Australia stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Energy, Resources and Consumer Discretionary sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.24% to hit a new 6-months low.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Healthscope (AX:HSO), which rose 20.79% or 0.370 points to trade at 2.150 at the close. Meanwhile, Regis Resources Ltd (AX:RRL) added 5.53% or 0.230 points to end at 4.390 and Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (AX:SAR) was up 5.00% or 0.120 points to 2.520 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Super Retail Group Ltd (AX:SUL), which fell 10.91% or 1.020 points to trade at 8.330 at the close. Worleyparsons Ltd (AX:WOR) declined 6.55% or 1.108 points to end at 15.810 and Bellamys Australia Ltd (AX:BAL) was down 6.01% or 0.510 points to 7.980.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 746 to 439 and 368 ended unchanged.

Shares in Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (AX:SAR) rose to all time highs; up 5.00% or 0.120 to 2.520.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 3.52% to 17.508.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.06% or 0.70 to $1236.10 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 0.15% or 0.10 to hit $66.53 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.37% or 0.28 to trade at $76.72 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.20% to 0.7100, while AUD/JPY rose 0.31% to 79.91.

The US Dollar Index Futures was unchanged 0.00% at 95.75

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