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Title: Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.51%

Feb 15, 2022 02:45AM ET

By: AnalysisWatch

Australian shares traded lower after the close on Tuesday as losses in the energy, utilities, and commodities sectors led stocks to lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S & P/ASX 200 was down 0.51%.

Sims Metal Management Ltd. was the top performer on the S& P/ASX 200, rising 13.68%, or 2.05 points, to close at 17.04. Ltd gained 6.16%, or 0.580 points, to close at 10.000, and Seek Ltd rose 6.08%, or 1.69 points, to 29.47 in late trade.

Beach Energy Ltd was the worst performer, falling 10.46% or 0.170 points to close at 1.455 in late trade. Mineral Resources Ltd fell 5.34%, or 2.73 points, to 48.44 and Fortescue Metals Group Ltd dropped 5.10%, or 1.160 points, to 21.590.

On the Sydney Stock Exchange, falling shares outweighed rising ones by 948 to 452, and 397 ended unchanged.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, increased 3.26% to 17.512.

Gold futures for April delivery rose 0.44%, or $8.15, to $1877.55 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodity trading, crude oil for delivery in March fell 0.96%, or $0.92, to $94.54 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.91%, or $0.88, to $95.60 a barrel.

The AUD/USD pair fell 0.14% to 0.7115, while the AUD/JPY pair fell 0.30% to 82.07.

US dollar index futures fell 0.16% to 96.200.

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