Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.13%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.13%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Financials , IT and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 1.13% to hit a new 5-year high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Wisetech Global Ltd (AX: WTC ), which rose 5.30% or 0.845 points to trade at 16.775 at the close. Bellamys Australia Ltd (AX: BAL ) added 5.07% or 0.820 points to end at 17.000 and Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX: GXY ) was up 3.47% or 0.105 points to 3.135 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Telstra Corporation Ltd. (AX: TLS ), which lost 4.81% or 0.140 points to trade at 2.770 in late trade. Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (AX: SAR ) declined 4.26% or 0.095 points to end at 2.135 and Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ) shed 3.10% or 0.040 points to 1.250.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 680 to 553 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 1.73% to 12.174.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.20% or 2.50 to $1276.10 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 0.70% or 0.46 to hit $65.23 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.39% or 0.29 to trade at $75.37 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.20% to 0.7395, while AUD/JPY rose 0.30% to 81.48.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 94.74.

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