Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.02%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.02%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Utilities , Healthcare and Real Estate Investment sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.02% to hit a new 3-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were St Barbara Ltd (AX: SBM ), which rose 11.19% or 0.300 points to trade at 2.980 at the close. Ioof Holdings Ltd (AX: IFL ) added 5.15% or 0.580 points to end at 11.840 and Aconex Ltd (AX: ACX ) was up 4.48% or 0.200 points to 4.660 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Lend Lease Group (AX: LLC ), which lost 10.48% or 1.950 points to trade at 16.650 in late trade. Altium Ltd (AX: ALU ) declined 5.42% or 0.620 points to end at 10.810 and GWA Group Ltd (AX: GWA ) shed 4.68% or 0.130 points to 2.650.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 617 to 585 and 341 ended unchanged on the Sydney Stock Exchange.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 1.14% to 11.191.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.02% or 0.27 to $1286.47 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.35% or 0.18 to hit $52.06 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.57% or 0.33 to trade at $58.21 a barrel.

AUD/USD was unchanged 0.00% to 0.7845, while AUD/JPY rose 0.07% to 88.09.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 93.38.

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