Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.30%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.30%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Utilities , IT and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.30%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Infigen Energy (AX: IFN ), which rose 7.81% or 0.050 points to trade at 0.690 at the close. Monadelphous Group Ltd (AX: MND ) added 6.17% or 1.100 points to end at 18.930 and A2 Milk Company Ltd (AX: A2M ) was up 5.45% or 0.385 points to 7.455 in late trade.

Biggest losers included ALS Ltd (AX: ALQ ), which lost 6.87% or 0.560 points to trade at 7.590 in late trade. Graincorp Ltd (AX: GNC ) declined 4.97% or 0.425 points to end at 8.125 and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Ltd (AX: FPH ) shed 4.12% or 0.510 points to 11.860.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 683 to 552 and 350 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 6.11% to 10.862 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.37% or 4.77 to $1280.07 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.11% or 0.06 to hit $56.48 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.18% or 0.11 to trade at $62.33 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.13% to 0.7540, while AUD/JPY fell 0.18% to 84.88.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.05% at 93.95.

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