Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 2.31%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 2.31%© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 2.31% – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the declined 2.31% to hit a new 1-month low.

The best performers of the session on the were Healius Ltd (ASX:), which rose 15.58% or 0.430 points to trade at 3.190 at the close. Meanwhile, Invocare Ltd (ASX:) added 13.57% or 1.73 points to end at 14.48 and Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd (ASX:) was up 6.50% or 0.105 points to 1.720 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Polynovo Ltd (ASX:), which fell 20.53% or 0.620 points to trade at 2.400 at the close. Appen Ltd (ASX:) declined 10.35% or 2.63 points to end at 22.77 and Jumbo Interactive Ltd (ASX:) was down 9.13% or 1.10 points to 10.95.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 1093 to 215 and 263 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 11.53% to 19.250 a new 6-months high.

Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.25% or 4.05 to $1645.95 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.10% or 0.05 to hit $49.95 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.11% or 0.06 to trade at $54.20 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.29% to 0.6583, while AUD/JPY fell 0.16% to 72.67.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.11% at 99.013.

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