Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 2.27%

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At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 2.27% to hit a new 6-months low.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Ramelius Resources Ltd (ASX:RMS), which rose 2.90% or 0.045 points to trade at 1.595 at the close. Meanwhile, Boral Ltd. (ASX:BLD) added 2.09% or 0.120 points to end at 5.860 and Gold Road Resources Ltd (ASX:GOR) was up 1.99% or 0.030 points to 1.540 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Nuix Ltd (ASX:NXL), which fell 22.82% or 0.47 points to trade at 1.59 at the close. Zip Co Ltd (ASX:Z1P) declined 7.76% or 0.28 points to end at 3.33 and Lynas Rare Earths Ltd (ASX:LYC) was down 7.53% or 0.840 points to 10.320.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 1267 to 279 and 316 ended unchanged.

Shares in Nuix Ltd (ASX:NXL) fell to all time lows; falling 22.82% or 0.47 to 1.59. Shares in Zip Co Ltd (ASX:Z1P) fell to 52-week lows; down 7.76% or 0.28 to 3.33.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 21.48% to 16.648 a new 6-months high.

Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.14% or 2.65 to $1839.95 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 1.36% or 1.16 to hit $84.39 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 1.13% or 1.00 to trade at $87.38 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.38% to 0.7197, while AUD/JPY fell 0.62% to 81.92.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 95.650.

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