- The number of issues on the ASX that advanced were 673 while 575 declined as a 1.2-to-1 ratio favoured advancers. There were 106 new highs and 43 new lows.
Australian shares edged lower on Monday as a slump in shares of gold miners offset upbeat sentiment around hopes of more fiscal stimulus from the United States and buoyant oil prices.
The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 0.2% to 6,742.8 points by 2335 GMT.
The benchmark had surged in tandem with its global peers last week on bets that a Democrat-controlled Senate would help US President-elect Joe Biden implement further stimulus in the near future.
Hopes of fiscal support, along with prospects for a smooth transition of power in Washington, have taken the shine off safe-haven assets such as gold.
Gold stocks slumped 4.6% and were set for their fourth straight session of decline.
Westgold Resources fell 7.52%, Dacian Gold eased 7.34%, and the country's biggest gold miner Newcrest gave up 4.4%.
Losses on the bourse were contained, however, as energy stocks jumped more than 3% to their highest since March 2020, with oil prices near a one-year high after Saudi Arabia's pledge last week to cut output.
Shares of Whitehaven Coal rose 2.9%, while Woodside Petroleum gained 2.8?%.
Domestic sentiment was also supported by the easing of a three-week lockdown on Syndey's Northern Beaches in New South Wales state.
The number of issues on the ASX that advanced were 673 while 575 declined as a 1.2-to-1 ratio favoured advancers. There were 106 new highs and 43 new lows.
New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index, which had scaled multiple record peaks last week, slid 1.54% to 13,349.6 points.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand said on Sunday it was responding to a breach of one of its data systems, after a third-party file-sharing service it uses to share and store some sensitive information was illegally accessed.