Australia Stocks Decreases at Close of Trade; S&P/ASX 200 Drop 0.12%

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After the close on Monday, Australia stocks declined as losses in the Metals & Mining, Materials and Resources sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.12%, 02:00AM ET.

The top performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Myer Holdings Ltd (AX:MYR), which increased 18.31% or 0.195 points to trade at 1.260 at the close. In the meantime,Evolution Mining Ltd (AX:EVN) added 5.37% or 0.110 points to end at 2.160 and M Pharma Fp (AX:MYX) increased 3.73% or 0.050 points to 1.390 in late trade.

The poorest performers of the session were Western Areas Ltd (AX:WSA), which declined 4.58% or 0.110 points to trade at 2.290 at the close. Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX:GXY) declined 3.00% or 0.015 points to end at 0.485 and Alumina Ltd (AX:AWC) declined 2.82% or 0.050 points to 1.725.

Declining stocks outnumbered progressing ones on the Australia Stock Exchange by 520 to 466 and 348 ended unaffected.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which gauges the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, increased 6.53% to 12.648.

Delivery of gold futures in April increased 0.70% or 8.75 to $1257.25 a troy ounce.

Somewhere else in commodities trading, delivery of crude in May fell 0.98% or 0.47 to hit $47.50 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract declined 0.82% or 0.42 to trade at $50.50 a barrel.

AUD/USD increased 0.13% to 0.7634, although AUD/JPY dropped 0.78% to 84.18.

The US Dollar Index Futures declined 0.52% at 99.07.

On Additional News

After the close on Monday, Japan stocks declined as losses in the Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic, Mining and Shipbuilding sectors led shares to decrease.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 1.44% to hit a new 1-month low.

The poorest  performers of the session were Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (T:5801), which decline 4.05% or 165.0 points to trade at 3905.0 at the close. Nomura Holdings Inc (T:8604) dropped 3.55% or 25.6 points to end at 696.4 and DeNA Co Ltd (T:2432) declined 3.28% or 79.0 points to 2330.0.

Decreasing stocks outnumbered progressing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2388 to 679 and 274 ended unmoved.

The top performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Daikin Industries, Ltd. (T:6367), which increased 1.23% or 135.0 points to trade at 11110.0 at the close. Temporarily, Tokyo Electron Ltd. (T:8035) added 0.60% or 70.0 points to end at 11650.0 and Tokuyama Corp. (T:4043) increased 0.38% or 2.0 points to 527.0 in late trade.

The Nikkei Volatility, which gauges  the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, declined 2.35% to 17.87.

Delivery of crude oil for May declined 0.83% or 0.40 to $47.57 a barrel.

Somewhere else in commodities trading, delivery of Brent oil in June dropped 0.65% or 0.33 to hit $50.59 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract increased 0.77% or 9.65 to trade at $1258.15 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY declined 1.09% to 110.16, while EUR/JPY drop 0.44% to 119.70.

The US Dollar Index Futures plunged 0.67% at 98.92.

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