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Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 1.73%

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At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 1.73% to hit a new 1-month low.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were St Barbara Ltd (ASX:SBM), which rose 2.17% or 0.030 points to trade at 1.415 at the close. Meanwhile, Evolution Mining Ltd (ASX:EVN) added 1.23% or 0.05 points to end at 4.11 and Silver Lake Resources Ltd (ASX:SLR) was up 1.19% or 0.020 points to 1.705 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Appen Ltd (ASX:APX), which fell 18.81% or 2.19 points to trade at 9.45 at the close. Flight Centre Ltd (ASX:FLT) declined 7.45% or 1.38 points to end at 17.14 and Corporate Travel Managment Ltd (ASX:CTD) was down 5.80% or 1.33 points to 21.62.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 1135 to 366 and 340 ended unchanged.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 14.78% to 13.164.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 1.09% or 19.40 to $1803.70 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 3.97% or 3.11 to hit $75.28 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 3.42% or 2.81 to trade at $79.41 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.90% to 0.7125, while AUD/JPY fell 1.85% to 81.40.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.24% at 96.635.

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