Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.99%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.99%
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Investing.com – Australia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Healthcare , IT and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.99% to hit a new 5-year high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Bellamys Australia Ltd (AX: BAL ), which rose 15.59% or 1.500 points to trade at 11.120 at the close. Eclipx Group Ltd (AX: ECX ) added 7.69% or 0.075 points to end at 1.050 and Wisetech Global Ltd (AX: WTC ) was up 4.73% or 1.010 points to 22.350 in late trade.

Biggest losers included New Hope Corporation Ltd (AX: NHC ), which lost 4.51% or 0.130 points to trade at 2.750 in late trade. Iluka Resources Ltd (AX: ILU ) declined 3.89% or 0.360 points to end at 8.900 and Independence Group NL (AX: IGO ) shed 3.75% or 0.180 points to 4.620.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 630 to 532 and 407 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 0.30% to 11.495.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.05% or 0.70 to $1272.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 0.47% or 0.31 to hit $65.99 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.39% or 0.29 to trade at $74.22 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.88% to 0.7038, while AUD/JPY fell 0.93% to 78.69.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 97.357.

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