Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.46%

australia-stocks-lower-at-close-of-trade;-s&p/asx-200-down-0.46% – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Energy, Resources and IT sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.46%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Omni Bridgeway Ltd (ASX:OBL), which rose 3.41% or 0.07 points to trade at 1.97 at the close. Meanwhile, Domain Holdings Australia Ltd (ASX:DHG) added 3.29% or 0.13 points to end at 4.08 and Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd (ASX:CWY) was up 3.29% or 0.08 points to 2.51 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Appen Ltd (ASX:APX), which fell 7.25% or 0.10 points to trade at 1.22 at the close. Star Entertainment Group Ltd (ASX:SGR) declined 6.55% or 0.06 points to end at 0.79 and St Barbara Ltd (ASX:SBM) was down 5.00% or 0.01 points to 0.19.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 735 to 483 and 423 ended unchanged.

Shares in Appen Ltd (ASX:APX) fell to 5-year lows; falling 7.25% or 0.10 to 1.22. Shares in Star Entertainment Group Ltd (ASX:SGR) fell to all time lows; down 6.55% or 0.06 to 0.79.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 7.66% to 11.08.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.20% or 3.95 to $1,949.75 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.99% or 0.90 to hit $89.58 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 0.98% or 0.92 to trade at $93.42 a barrel.

AUD/USD was unchanged 0.06% to 0.65, while AUD/JPY rose 0.22% to 95.64.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 104.82.

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