Monday, October 15, 2018

© Reuters.  Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.06%© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.06% – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Tuesday, as losses in the A-REITs, IT and Healthcare sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.06%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were TPG Telecom Ltd (AX:TPM), which rose 5.17% or 0.270 points to trade at 5.490 at the close. Meanwhile, Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX:GXY) added 4.49% or 0.120 points to end at 2.790 and ARB Corporation Ltd (AX:ARB) was up 3.35% or 0.560 points to 17.260 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Southern Cross Media Group Ltd (AX:SXL), which fell 3.98% or 0.053 points to trade at 1.268 at the close. Mayne Pharma Group Ltd (AX:MYX) declined 3.79% or 0.028 points to end at 0.698 and Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd (AX:SIG) was down 3.45% or 0.030 points to 0.840.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 590 to 546 and 381 ended unchanged.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 3.48% to 12.096.

Gold Futures for December delivery was unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to $1310.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.10% or 0.05 to hit $50.30 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 0.14% or 0.08 to trade at $55.40 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.19% to 0.7974, while AUD/JPY rose 0.45% to 89.20.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.13% at 91.69.

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