Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.55%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.55%© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.55% – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the fell 0.55%.

The best performers of the session on the were Corporate Travel Managment Ltd (ASX:), which rose 9.96% or 1.790 points to trade at 19.760 at the close. Meanwhile, Pendal Group Ltd (ASX:) added 9.48% or 0.710 points to end at 8.200 and Adelaide Brighton Ltd (ASX:) was up 4.39% or 0.140 points to 3.330 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Medibank Private Ltd (ASX:), which fell 8.24% or 0.280 points to trade at 3.120 at the close. Appen Ltd (ASX:) declined 7.85% or 1.700 points to end at 19.960 and Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd (ASX:) was down 6.59% or 2.060 points to 29.200.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 682 to 468 and 316 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 1.60% to 11.581.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.25% or 3.65 to $1487.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 0.56% or 0.32 to hit $56.91 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 0.62% or 0.39 to trade at $62.57 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.01% to 0.6892, while AUD/JPY fell 0.19% to 75.09.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 97.727.

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