Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 2.19%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 2.19%© Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 2.19% – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Tuesday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the lost 2.19%.

The best performers of the session on the were Evolution Mining Ltd (ASX:), which rose 1.50% or 0.060 points to trade at 4.070 at the close. Meanwhile, Silver Lake Resources Ltd (ASX:) added 1.29% or 0.015 points to end at 1.180 and Cooper Energy Ltd (ASX:) was up 0.93% or 0.005 points to 0.540 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Avita Medical (ASX:), which fell 9.45% or 0.060 points to trade at 0.575 at the close. Netwealth Group Ltd (ASX:) declined 5.76% or 0.500 points to end at 8.180 and Wisetech Global Ltd (ASX:) was down 5.73% or 1.580 points to 26.010.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 820 to 319 and 320 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 17.06% to 13.434 a new 1-month high.

Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.20% or 2.95 to $1466.25 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.41% or 0.23 to hit $56.19 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.28% or 0.17 to trade at $61.09 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.40% to 0.6845, while AUD/JPY rose 0.55% to 74.70.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 97.835.

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