Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.10%

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Investing.com – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Gold, Financials and Materials sectors led shares lower.

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.

Shares in Orocobre Ltd (AX:ORE) rose to all time highs; gaining 5.12% or 0.280 to 5.750. Shares in Mayne Pharma Group Ltd (AX:MYX) fell to 52-week lows; falling 3.20% or 0.020 to 0.605.

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.

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