Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.77%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.77%© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.77% – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the lost 0.77% to hit a new 6-months low.

The best performers of the session on the were Wisetech Global Ltd (ASX:), which rose 12.72% or 1.92 points to trade at 17.02 at the close. Meanwhile, Polynovo Ltd (ASX:) added 7.42% or 0.170 points to end at 2.460 and Appen Ltd (ASX:) was up 7.14% or 1.48 points to 22.20 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (ASX:), which fell 9.35% or 0.950 points to trade at 9.210 at the close. Resolute Mining Ltd (ASX:) declined 7.84% or 0.080 points to end at 0.940 and Regis Resources Ltd (ASX:) was down 7.64% or 0.310 points to 3.750.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 921 to 398 and 293 ended unchanged.

Shares in Resolute Mining Ltd (ASX:) fell to 52-week lows; losing 7.84% or 0.080 to 0.940. Shares in Regis Resources Ltd (ASX:) fell to 52-week lows; losing 7.64% or 0.310 to 3.750.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 3.80% to 24.351.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 2.42% or 37.90 to $1604.60 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 2.75% or 1.23 to hit $45.99 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 3.14% or 1.56 to trade at $51.23 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.28% to 0.6527, while AUD/JPY rose 0.76% to 70.64.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.11% at 97.972.

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