EconomyEditor's PickNewsAustralia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 1.39%

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(C) Reuters. Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 1.39% – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Energy, Resources and Metals & Mining sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 1.39%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Janus Henderson Group PLC DRC (ASX:JHG), which rose 9.44% or 2.83 points to trade at 32.80 at the close. Meanwhile, EML Payments Ltd (ASX:EML) added 3.04% or 0.09 points to end at 3.05 and Fletcher Building Ltd (ASX:FBU) was up 1.67% or 0.060 points to 3.660 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Mesoblast Ltd (ASX:MSB), which fell 37.20% or 1.890 points to trade at 3.190 at the close. NRW Holdings Ltd (ASX:NWH) declined 8.09% or 0.17 points to end at 1.88 and Beach Energy Ltd (ASX:BPT) was down 6.37% or 0.085 points to 1.250.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 1006 to 336 and 273 ended unchanged.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 9.28% to 23.282.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.27% or 5.10 to $1921.40 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 3.15% or 1.22 to hit $37.50 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 3.10% or 1.27 to trade at $39.66 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.33% to 0.7159, while AUD/JPY fell 0.69% to 75.26.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.07% at 93.832.

Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 1.39%

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