US metal tariffs and a looming trade war weighed heavy on Australian and Asian markets.
Mining was one of the worst sectors, with BHP down by 1.8% and Rio Tinto falling by 1.5%.
Lynas Corporation was a standout, rising by nearly 5% after reporting a record operating profit for the December 2017 half-year.
Among the gold players, Resolute was the star performer, rising by 4%.
Lithium stocks remained volatile with Pilbara, Orocobre and Galaxy all lower.
Paladin Energy shares also continued recent volatility with a 15% fall.
At the smaller end, Gold Mountain jumped by 40% after reporting the discovery of “bonanza grade type gol...