Australia shares decrease at shut of commerce; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.22% – Australia stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Energy, Healthcare and Industrials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.22%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (AX:SAR), which rose 5.24% or 0.140 points to trade at 2.810 at the close. Meanwhile, Appen Ltd (AX:APX) added 5.10% or 1.130 points to end at 23.270 and New Hope Corporation Ltd (AX:NHC) was up 4.28% or 0.180 points to 4.390 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd (AX:SIG), which fell 12.30% or 0.075 points to trade at 0.535 at the close. Inghams Group Ltd (AX:ING) declined 3.87% or 0.17 points to end at 4.22 and Adelaide Brighton Ltd (AX:ABC) was down 3.62% or 0.170 points to 4.530.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 630 to 501 and 364 ended unchanged.

Shares in New Hope Corporation Ltd (AX:NHC) rose to 5-year highs; gaining 4.28% or 0.180 to 4.390.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 2.30% to 12.383.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.50% or 6.45 to $1304.55 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.56% or 0.32 to hit $57.19 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.30% or 0.20 to trade at $66.87 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.30% to 0.7058, while AUD/JPY fell 0.34% to 78.58.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.05% at 96.947.