Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.71%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.71%© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.71% – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the lost 0.71%.

The best performers of the session on the were Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd (ASX:), which rose 60.20% or 16.910 points to trade at 45.000 at the close. Meanwhile, Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd (ASX:) added 6.25% or 0.120 points to end at 2.040 and Pro Medicus Ltd (ASX:) was up 4.99% or 1.480 points to 31.120 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Flight Centre Ltd (ASX:), which fell 11.72% or 5.530 points to trade at 41.670 at the close. Mineral Resources Ltd (ASX:) declined 5.15% or 0.700 points to end at 12.880 and Orocobre Ltd (ASX:) was down 4.37% or 0.110 points to 2.410.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 638 to 408 and 342 ended unchanged.

Shares in Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd (ASX:) rose to all time highs; up 60.20% or 16.910 to 45.000.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 3.56% to 15.427.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.58% or 8.65 to $1512.55 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.34% or 0.18 to hit $52.45 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.26% or 0.15 to trade at $58.09 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.07% to 0.6733, while AUD/JPY rose 0.14% to 72.14.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 98.843.

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