Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.04%

12/06/2019 06:45:00 Stock Market

Australia stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Healthcare, Financials and A-REITs sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.04%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Emeco Holdings Ltd (ASX:EHL), which rose 14.24% or 0.235 points to trade at 1.885 at the close. Meanwhile, Ausdrill Ltd (ASX:ASL) added 6.57% or 0.090 points to end at 1.460 and Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (ASX:SAR) was up 6.44% or 0.210 points to 3.470 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Challenger Ltd (ASX:CGF), which fell 3.53% or 0.280 points to trade at 7.660 at the close. Bapcor Ltd (ASX:BAP) declined 3.24% or 0.190 points to end at 5.670 and Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd (ASX:CWY) was down 2.62% or 0.060 points to 2.230.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 622 to 596 and 388 ended unchanged.

Shares in Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (ASX:SAR) rose to all time highs; rising 6.44% or 0.210 to 3.470.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 0.39% to 13.946.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.63% or 8.45 to $1339.65 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 2.01% or 1.07 to hit $52.20 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 1.88% or 1.17 to trade at $61.12 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.19% to 0.6947, while AUD/JPY fell 0.35% to 75.25.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 96.613.