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Australia’s stocks are down at the end of the day, with the S&P/ASX 200 down 0.52 percent.

After the market closed on Wednesday, Australia’s stocks went down because the energy, resources, and metals and mining sectors all lost value.

When trading ended in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 was down 0.52 percent.

Megaport Ltd (ASX: MP1) had the best session performance on the S&P/ASX 200.It gained 14.03 percent, or 0.77 points, to close the day at 6.26.In late trade, Zip Co Ltd (ASX: Zip) rose 12.75 percent or 0.07 points to 0.57, while EML Payments Ltd (ASX: EML) rose 10.51 percent or 0.14 points to 1.42.

St Barbara Ltd (ASX:SBM), which fell 9.50% or 0.09 points to trade at 0.81 at the end of the day, was the worst performer. At 1.17, Westgold Resources Ltd (ASX: WGX) fell 9.30%, or 0.12 points, to end at 1.17, and Champion Iron Ltd (ASX: CIA) fell 8.65%, or 0.45 points, to 4.75.

On the Sydney Stock Exchange, there were 720 stocks that went down, 641 that went up, and 334 that stayed the same.

The implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, as measured by the VIX, increased by 0.14 percent to 18.82.

Gold futures for delivery in August went up 0.2%, or $3.45, to $1,767.35 per troy ounce. In other commodity trading, the price of crude oil for August delivery rose 1.56 percent, or $1.55, to $101.05 per barrel, while the price of Brent oil for September delivery rose 2.06 percent, or $2.12, to $104.89 per barrel.

AUD/USD stayed the same at 0.68, while AUD/JPY went down to 92.32, a 0.10 percent change.

At 106.27, the US Dollar Index Futures were down 0.04 percent.

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