Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.53%

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At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.53%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Resolute Mining Ltd (ASX:RSG), which rose 4.76% or 0.055 points to trade at 1.210 at the close. Meanwhile, Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (ASX:APT) added 3.15% or 2.12 points to end at 69.49 and NRW Holdings Ltd (ASX:NWH) was up 3.06% or 0.05 points to 1.69 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Viva Energy Group Ltd (ASX:VEA), which fell 5.70% or 0.100 points to trade at 1.655 at the close. TPG Telecom Ltd (ASX:TPG) declined 5.27% or 0.450 points to end at 8.090 and Bendigo And Adelaide Bank Ltd (ASX:BEN) was down 5.17% or 0.37 points to 6.78.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 644 to 551 and 348 ended unchanged.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 9.12% to 18.773.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.08% or 1.45 to $1811.45 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 0.71% or 0.29 to hit $40.46 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.70% or 0.30 to trade at $42.84 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.04% to 0.6992, while AUD/JPY rose 0.19% to 74.97.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 95.823.

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