Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.59%

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At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.59%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Nickel Mines Ltd (ASX:NIC), which rose 7.98% or 0.095 points to trade at 1.285 at the close. Meanwhile, Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX:PLS) added 5.08% or 0.120 points to end at 2.480 and Omni Bridgeway Ltd (ASX:OBL) was up 4.39% or 0.13 points to 3.09 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Flight Centre Ltd (ASX:FLT), which fell 7.14% or 1.41 points to trade at 18.34 at the close. Corporate Travel Managment Ltd (ASX:CTD) declined 6.02% or 1.49 points to end at 23.26 and Unibail Rodamco Westfield (ASX:URW) was down 5.13% or 0.26 points to 4.81.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 906 to 528 and 392 ended unchanged.

Shares in Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX:PLS) rose to all time highs; rising 5.08% or 0.120 to 2.480.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 0.59% to 11.777.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.39% or 7.15 to $1844.45 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.12% or 0.09 to hit $76.03 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 0.04% or 0.03 to trade at $78.86 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.23% to 0.7251, while AUD/JPY rose 0.45% to 82.82.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.15% at 96.172.

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