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Close of business in Australia, stocks were down 0.01 percent on the S&P/ASX 200.

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Stocks in Australia fell after the close on Tuesday, owing to losses in the Consumer Staples, Consumer Discretionary, and Energy sectors.

The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 0.01 percent at the close in Sydney.Polynovo Ltd (ASX: PNV) was the highest performance on the S&P/ASX 200 during the session, rising 15.44 percent or 0.210 points to close at 1.570.

In late trade, Blackmores Ltd (ASX: BKL) rose 6.71 percent or 5.87 points to 93.31, while Charter Hall Group (ASX: CHC) rose 5.28 percent or 1.10 points to 21.95. Mesoblast Ltd (ASX: MSB) was the worst performer of the session, falling 17.35 percent or 0.295 points to close at 1.405. Woolworths Ltd (ASX: WOW) down 7.67% or 3.110 points to 37.450, while Whitehaven Coal Ltd (ASX: WHC) fell 4.12 percent or 0.100 points to 2.330.

On the Sydney Stock Exchange, falling equities outweighed advancing ones 773 to 570, with 408 remaining unchanged. Mesoblast Ltd (ASX: MSB) shares dropped to 52-week lows, falling 17.35% or 0.295 to 1.405. Charter Hall Group (ASX: CHC) shares soared to new highs, up 5.28 percent or 1.10 to 21.95.

The implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options was down 0.26 percent to 12.135, according to the S&P/ASX 200 VIX.

Gold futures for February delivery fell 2.50 percent to $1785.80 per troy ounce, a loss of 0.14 percent. Crude oil for January delivery increased 0.27 percent or 0.19 to $71.48 a barrel in other commodities trading, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.36 percent or 0.27 to $74.66 a barrel.

The Australian dollar fell 0.10 percent against the US dollar to 0.7122, while the Australian dollar increased 0.00 percent against the Japanese yen to 80.96. The US Dollar Index Futures was trading at 96.395, up 0.13 percent.

Story by : Norvisi Mawunyegah