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The ASX declined on Monday for the fourth straight session, with banks and miners dragging the index into the red as Retail Food Group hit a nine-year low.
The S&P/ASX fell 33 points, or 0.6 percent, to 5895 while the All Ordinaries index lost 31 points, or 0.5 percent, to 5996 and the Australian dollar traded at US77.53¢.
US shares ended on a mixed note on Friday but US stock futures were pointing to a day of losses on Monday as global investors continued to mull the implications of the potential US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports announced late last week.
At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.57%.
The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Myer Holdings Ltd, which rose 15.00% or 0.060 points to trade at 0.460 at the close. Meanwhile, Lynas Corporation Ltd added 4.76% or 0.100 points to end at 2.200 and Resolute Mining Ltd was up 4.24% or 0.048 points to 1.167 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Retail Food Group Ltd, which fell 37.50% or 0.765 points to trade at 1.275 at the close. Spark Infrastructure Group declined 5.81% or 0.140 points to end at 2.270 and Pilbara Minerals Ltd was down 5.68% or 0.050 points to 0.830.
The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 1.99% to 15.309.
On the technical charts, S&P/ASX 200 is trading above the 200 day EMA but below the 9 day, 20 day, 50 day and the 100 day moving averages. The RSI is at 47.55 and the MACD is ready to make a negative crossover below the signal line.
Buy digital Put options between 5904 and 5875, valid until 23:00 GMT March 5, 2018