Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.42%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.42%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Healthcare , IT and Metals & Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.42%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were New Hope Corporation Ltd (AX: NHC ), which rose 7.94% or 0.250 points to trade at 3.400 at the close. TPG Telecom Ltd (AX: TPM ) added 5.71% or 0.420 points to end at 7.780 and Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (AX: SAR ) was up 4.92% or 0.130 points to 2.770 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd (AX: SIG ), which lost 6.90% or 0.030 points to trade at 0.405 in late trade. Qbe Insurance Group Ltd (AX: QBE ) declined 4.14% or 0.430 points to end at 9.960 and Bingo Industries Ltd (AX: BIN ) shed 3.79% or 0.080 points to 2.030.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 594 to 505 and 358 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 6.18% to 18.749.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.26% or 3.20 to $1252.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.16% or 0.08 to hit $51.08 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.13% or 0.08 to trade at $60.05 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.22% to 0.7206, while AUD/JPY rose 0.01% to 81.49.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.14% at 97.047.

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