Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 falls 0.17% as trading day ends
On Tuesday, shares in Australia closed lower as losses in the A-REITs, Gold, and IT sectors drove down the market. The S&P/ASX 200 index decreased by 0.17% at the end of the session in Sydney. Mesoblast Ltd (ASX:MSB) was the best performer of the day on the S&P/ASX 200, rising 5.58% to trade at 1.04 at the close.
Meanwhile, Appen Ltd (ASX:APX) rose by 4.93% to end at 3.19, and Mineral Resources Ltd (ASX:MIN) increased by 2.93% to 73.50 in late trade. However, Silver Lake Resources Ltd (ASX:SLR) was the worst performer of the day, dropping 5.53% to trade at 1.11 at the close. Additionally, Omni Bridgeway Ltd (ASX:OBL) declined by 4.53% to end at 2.53, while Charter Hall Group (ASX:CHC) decreased by 4.24% to 10.83.
On the Sydney Stock Exchange, falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones by 789 to 473, with 429 ending unchanged. The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, decreased by 2.48% to 12.56. In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery fell by 0.12% or 2.35 to $2,030.85 a troy ounce. Crude oil for delivery in June fell by 0.94% or 0.69 to hit $72.47 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 0.95% or 0.73 to trade at $76.28 a barrel. AUD/USD remained unchanged at 0.68, while AUD/JPY fell by 0.50% to 91.15. The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.17% at 101.33.