Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.09%

© Reuters.  Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.09%© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.09% – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Tuesday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the fell 0.09%.

The best performers of the session on the were Wisetech Global Ltd (AX:), which rose 6.06% or 1.210 points to trade at 21.190 at the close. Meanwhile, Janus Henderson Group PLC DRC (AX:) added 4.19% or 1.400 points to end at 34.810 and Ioof Holdings Ltd (AX:) was up 3.30% or 0.210 points to 6.570 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Appen Ltd (AX:), which fell 9.15% or 2.230 points to trade at 22.140 at the close. Syrah Resources Ltd (AX:) declined 6.41% or 0.075 points to end at 1.095 and Ardent Leisure Ltd (AX:) was down 5.23% or 0.075 points to 1.360.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 571 to 543 and 374 ended unchanged.

Shares in Syrah Resources Ltd (AX:) fell to 5-year lows; falling 6.41% or 0.075 to 1.095.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 4.34% to 12.674.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.45% or 5.85 to $1296.95 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.16% or 0.09 to hit $56.88 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.03% or 0.02 to trade at $66.60 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.06% to 0.7065, while AUD/JPY rose 0.03% to 78.64.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.13% at 97.047.

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