Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.71%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.71%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Consumer Discretionary , Energy and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.71% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Navitas Ltd (AX: NVT ), which rose 12.86% or 0.630 points to trade at 5.530 at the close. Syrah Resources Ltd (AX: SYR ) added 10.34% or 0.185 points to end at 1.975 and oOh!Media Ltd (AX: OML ) was up 6.74% or 0.240 points to 3.800 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ausdrill Ltd (AX: ASL ), which lost 5.24% or 0.065 points to trade at 1.175 in late trade. Speedcast International Ltd (AX: SDA ) declined 3.57% or 0.110 points to end at 2.970 and Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd (AX: CCL ) shed 2.51% or 0.210 points to 8.150.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 579 to 481 and 365 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 7.89% to 14.284 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.01% or 0.15 to $1291.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 1.48% or 0.75 to hit $51.26 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 1.44% or 0.85 to trade at $59.84 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.34% to 0.7219, while AUD/JPY rose 0.85% to 78.48.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 95.145.

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