Investing.com – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Consumer Discretionary, Industrials and Metals&Mining sectors led shares lower.
At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.29%.
The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Metcash Ltd (AX:MTS), which rose 4.87% or 0.130 points to trade at 2.800 at the close. Meanwhile, Iress Ltd (AX:IRE) added 3.03% or 0.370 points to end at 12.600 and CYBG PLC (AX:CYB) was up 2.69% or 0.100 points to 3.820 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Orocobre Ltd (AX:ORE), which fell 6.25% or 0.240 points to trade at 3.600 at the close. Syrah Resources Ltd (AX:SYR) declined 5.93% or 0.080 points to end at 1.270 and Western Areas Ltd (AX:WSA) was down 5.56% or 0.130 points to 2.210.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 696 to 450 and 333 ended unchanged.
The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 4.54% to 12.289.
Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.14% or 1.75 to $1289.25 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.51% or 0.29 to hit $56.30 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.49% or 0.32 to trade at $65.35 a barrel.
AUD/USD was down 0.26% to 0.7074, while AUD/JPY fell 0.11% to 79.16.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.05% at 96.657.