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Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.15%

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.15% to hit a new 1-month low.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Worley Ltd (ASX:WOR), which rose 6.11% or 0.58 points to trade at 10.08 at the close. Meanwhile, AGL Energy Ltd (ASX:AGL) added 3.99% or 0.21 points to end at 5.47 and Fletcher Building Ltd (ASX:FBU) was up 3.13% or 0.200 points to 6.590 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Westgold Resources Ltd (ASX:WGX), which fell 7.59% or 0.150 points to trade at 1.825 at the close. Netwealth Group Ltd (ASX:NWL) declined 6.47% or 1.05 points to end at 15.19 and Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (ASX:APT) was down 6.08% or 6.48 points to 100.02.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 915 to 461 and 392 ended unchanged.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 0.05% to 15.196.

Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.49% or 8.75 to $1775.55 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.49% or 0.98 to hit $66.55 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 1.52% or 1.05 to trade at $69.92 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.00% to 0.7104, while AUD/JPY rose 0.43% to 80.44.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 96.105.

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