Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.50%

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At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.50%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were NRW Holdings Ltd (ASX:NWH), which rose 17.42% or 0.29 points to trade at 1.96 at the close. Meanwhile, Chorus Ltd (ASX:CNU) added 14.24% or 0.86 points to end at 6.90 and Netwealth Group Ltd (ASX:NWL) was up 8.01% or 1.14 points to 15.38 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Codan Ltd (ASX:CDA), which fell 8.28% or 1.46 points to trade at 16.18 at the close. Sims Metal Management Ltd (ASX:SGM) declined 7.57% or 1.22 points to end at 14.90 and Mineral Resources Ltd (ASX:MIN) was down 6.61% or 3.70 points to 52.30.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 764 to 584 and 410 ended unchanged.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 12.87% to 12.397.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.14% or 2.45 to $1781.95 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 2.82% or 1.84 to hit $63.37 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 2.37% or 1.62 to trade at $66.61 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.87% to 0.7168, while AUD/JPY fell 0.80% to 78.71.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.32% at 93.442.

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