At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 1.11% to hit a new 1-month low.
The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Newcrest Mining Ltd (AX:NCM), which rose 3.19% or 0.810 points to trade at 26.200 at the close. Meanwhile, Spark New Zealand Ltd (AX:SPK) added 2.88% or 0.100 points to end at 3.570 and Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (AX:SAR) was up 2.54% or 0.070 points to 2.830 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Eclipx Group Ltd (AX:ECX), which fell 12.75% or 0.095 points to trade at 0.650 at the close. Altium Ltd (AX:ALU) declined 8.40% or 2.940 points to end at 32.070 and New Hope Corporation Ltd (AX:NHC) was down 6.77% or 0.220 points to 3.030.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 810 to 341 and 338 ended unchanged.
The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 18.36% to 13.376 a new 1-month high.
Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.28% or 3.75 to $1322.45 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.71% or 0.42 to hit $58.62 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.46% or 0.31 to trade at $66.44 a barrel.
AUD/USD was up 0.00% to 0.7083, while AUD/JPY rose 0.10% to 77.89.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 96.115.
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