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Title: Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.14%

Feb 03, 2022 02:45AM ET

By: AnalysisWatch

Australian shares traded lower after the close on Thursday as losses in the IT, healthcare, and industrial sectors led stocks to lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S & P/ASX 200 was down 0.14%.

Among the best performers on the S & P/ASX, 200 were Nufarm Ltd., which rose 20.22%, or 0.94 points, to trade at 5.59 at the close. Meanwhile, Insignia Financial Ltd gained 4.36%, or 0.16 points, to close at 3.83, while Fortescue Metals Group Ltd gained 3.27%, or 0.670 points, to 21.130 in late trade.

Zip Co., Ltd. was the worst performer, falling 9.63% or 0.31 points to close at 2.91 in late trade. Wisetech Global Ltd fell 7.97% or 3.69 points to 42.59, while Nuix Ltd fell 7.82% or 0.12 points to 1.42.

On the Sydney Stock Exchange, falling stocks outweighed rising ones by 902 to 522, and 372 ended unchanged.

The VIX of the S& P/ASX 200, which measures the implied volatility of S& P/ASX 200 options, fell 7.95% to 15.750.

Gold futures for April delivery fell 0.30%, or 5.50, to $1804.80 per troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, crude oil for March delivery fell 0.51%, or 0.45, to $87.81 a barrel, while the April contract for Brent crude fell 0.40%, or 0.36, to $89.11 a barrel.

The Australian dollar fell 0.17% to 0.7124, while the Japanese yen fell 0.02% to 81.64.

96.105. US dollar index futures rose 0.18% to 96.105.

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