Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.58%

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BinaryTop – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Consumer Staples, Financials and Energy sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.58%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were St Barbara Ltd (AX:SBM), which rose 10.57% or 0.195 points to trade at 2.040 at the close. Meanwhile, Resolute Mining Ltd (AX:RSG) added 10.17% or 0.120 points to end at 1.300 and Evolution Mining Ltd (AX:EVN) was up 9.84% or 0.190 points to 2.120 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Ltd (AX:FPH), which fell 2.38% or 0.200 points to trade at 8.190 at the close. Western Areas Ltd (AX:WSA) declined 2.23% or 0.070 points to end at 3.070 and Blackmores Ltd (AX:BKL) was down 2.17% or 2.290 points to 103.360.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Australia Stock Exchange by 0 to 0.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 4.92% to 12.762.

Gold for February delivery was down 0.53% or 6.10 to $1152.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to hit $53.90 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.19% or 0.11 to trade at $56.74 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.18% to 0.7213, while AUD/JPY rose 0.11% to 84.31.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.28% at 102.37.

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