Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.81%

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At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.81%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Beach Energy Ltd (ASX:BPT), which rose 7.12% or 0.105 points to trade at 1.580 at the close. Meanwhile, Adelaide Brighton Ltd (ASX:ABC) added 5.31% or 0.120 points to end at 2.380 and JB Hi-Fi Ltd (ASX:JBH) was up 4.80% or 2.27 points to 49.60 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were GWA Group Ltd (ASX:GWA), which fell 10.51% or 0.29 points to trade at 2.47 at the close. Bendigo And Adelaide Bank Ltd (ASX:BEN) declined 6.57% or 0.46 points to end at 6.54 and Reliance Worldwide Corporation Ltd (ASX:RWC) was down 5.41% or 0.16 points to 2.80.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 678 to 578 and 350 ended unchanged.

Shares in JB Hi-Fi Ltd (ASX:JBH) rose to all time highs; rising 4.80% or 2.27 to 49.60.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 0.40% to 18.609.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.52% or 10.20 to $1960.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.69% or 0.29 to hit $42.30 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 0.56% or 0.25 to trade at $45.05 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.21% to 0.7186, while AUD/JPY rose 0.11% to 76.53.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.19% at 92.907.

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