Australian stocks descend at close of trade

On Monday, Australian stocks edged down after the close, as losses in the Consumer Discretionary, IT as well as Healthcare sectors brought shares lower.

The S&P/ASX 200 moved down 0.04%.

When talking about the best performers of the trading session on the S&P/ASX 200, we should point out to Independence Group NL with its 4.09% rise, Japara Fpo with its 3.55% soar and Syrah Res F with its 3.55% ascend.

The worst performers include Blackmores Ltd with its 3.70% fall, Bellamys Australia Ltd with its 2.60% slump and APN News & Media Ltd, which lost 2.55%.

On the Australia Stock Exchange slumping shares outclassed growing ones by 480 to 427, while 333 were intact.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, gauging the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, sank 21.09% to 11.863.

The currency pair AUD/USD managed to rise 0.72%, trading at 0.7543. At the same time AUD/JPY tacked on 0.46%, hitting 76.97.

The US Dollar Index slumped 0.28%, being worth 95.79.

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