Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.23%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.23%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Energy , Resources and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.23%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Whitehaven Coal Ltd (AX: WHC ), which rose 8.79% or 0.370 points to trade at 4.580 at the close. Nufarm Ltd (AX: NUF ) added 5.45% or 0.450 points to end at 8.710 and Beach Energy Ltd (AX: BPT ) was up 4.56% or 0.055 points to 1.260 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Retail Food Group Ltd (AX: RFG ), which lost 7.59% or 0.085 points to trade at 1.035 in late trade. Invocare Ltd (AX: IVC ) declined 2.49% or 0.350 points to end at 13.680 and Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd (AX: SIG ) shed 2.22% or 0.020 points to 0.880.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 627 to 597 and 392 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 3.15% to 12.245.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.11% or 1.50 to $1313.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.16% or 0.10 to hit $63.64 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.16% or 0.11 to trade at $67.53 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.17% to 0.7697, while AUD/JPY rose 0.12% to 81.96.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.17% at 89.86.

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