Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.25%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.25%© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.25% – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the fell 0.25%.

The best performers of the session on the were Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX:), which rose 9.43% or 0.025 points to trade at 0.290 at the close. Meanwhile, NRW Holdings Ltd (ASX:) added 4.66% or 0.150 points to end at 3.370 and Pro Medicus Ltd (ASX:) was up 4.34% or 1.020 points to 24.540 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Sydney Airport Holdings Ltd (ASX:), which fell 4.25% or 0.390 points to trade at 8.790 at the close. Vicinity Centres Re Ltd (ASX:) declined 3.07% or 0.080 points to end at 2.530 and Charter Hall Retail Reit (ASX:) was down 2.93% or 0.130 points to 4.310.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 597 to 477 and 344 ended unchanged.

Shares in NRW Holdings Ltd (ASX:) rose to 5-year highs; gaining 4.66% or 0.150 to 3.370.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 1.16% to 11.081.

Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.10% or 1.45 to $1516.65 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.08% or 0.05 to hit $61.77 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.22% or 0.15 to trade at $67.02 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.15% to 0.6987, while AUD/JPY fell 0.14% to 76.27.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 96.505.

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