At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.10%.
The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Syrah Resources Ltd (AX:SYR), which rose 5.95% or 0.200 points to trade at 3.560 at the close. Meanwhile, Orocobre Ltd (AX:ORE) added 5.12% or 0.280 points to end at 5.750 and Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia Ltd (AX:GMA) was up 4.98% or 0.140 points to 2.950 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Orica Ltd (AX:ORI), which fell 9.83% or 2.100 points to trade at 19.270 at the close. Mayne Pharma Group Ltd (AX:MYX) declined 3.20% or 0.020 points to end at 0.605 and Qantas Airways Ltd (AX:QAN) was down 2.42% or 0.15 points to 6.06.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 687 to 557 and 360 ended unchanged.
The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 2.29% to 11.129.
Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.08% or 0.99 to $1270.19 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 0.23% or 0.13 to hit $55.77 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.34% or 0.21 to trade at $62.28 a barrel.
AUD/USD was up 0.03% to 0.7653, while AUD/JPY rose 0.23% to 87.47.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 94.85.