Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.75%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.75%© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.75% – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the declined 0.75% to hit a new 1-month low.

The best performers of the session on the were Adelaide Brighton Ltd (ASX:), which rose 6.25% or 0.180 points to trade at 3.060 at the close. Meanwhile, AP Eagers Ltd (ASX:) added 6.12% or 0.52 points to end at 9.01 and Lynas Corporation Ltd (ASX:) was up 5.00% or 0.095 points to 1.995 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Link Administration Holdings Ltd (ASX:), which fell 13.49% or 0.78 points to trade at 5.00 at the close. Perenti Global Ltd (ASX:) declined 9.72% or 0.140 points to end at 1.300 and Webjet Ltd (ASX:) was down 8.50% or 0.94 points to 10.12.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 762 to 451 and 300 ended unchanged.

Shares in Perenti Global Ltd (ASX:) fell to 52-week lows; losing 9.72% or 0.140 to 1.300.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 4.82% to 20.178 a new 52-week high.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.62% or 10.25 to $1653.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 1.79% or 0.87 to hit $47.86 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 1.74% or 0.92 to trade at $51.89 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.15% to 0.6552, while AUD/JPY fell 0.20% to 72.11.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.11% at 98.828.

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