Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.07%

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.07%.

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Investing.com – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Telecoms Services, Consumer Discretionary and Financials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.07%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were National Storage REIT (ASX:NSR), which rose 6.19% or 0.140 points to trade at 2.400 at the close. Meanwhile, Qbe Insurance Group Ltd (ASX:QBE) added 4.31% or 0.610 points to end at 14.760 and Abacus Property Group (ASX:ABP) was up 4.24% or 0.16 points to 3.93 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Jumbo Interactive Ltd (ASX:JIN), which fell 6.83% or 0.89 points to trade at 12.14 at the close. Pro Medicus Ltd (ASX:PME) declined 6.47% or 1.62 points to end at 23.41 and Idp Education Ltd (ASX:IEL) was down 5.32% or 1.25 points to 22.25.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 637 to 537 and 336 ended unchanged.

Shares in National Storage REIT (ASX:NSR) rose to all time highs; rising 6.19% or 0.140 to 2.400. Shares in Qbe Insurance Group Ltd (ASX:QBE) rose to 3-years highs; up 4.31% or 0.610 to 14.760.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 0.68% to 12.379.

Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.07% or 1.15 to $1585.25 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.10% or 0.05 to hit $52.37 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.09% or 0.05 to trade at $57.27 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.22% to 0.6728, while AUD/JPY rose 0.37% to 73.91.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 99.037.

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