Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.18%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.18%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Healthcare , Real Estate Investment and IT sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.18%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Bellamys Australia Ltd (AX: BAL ), which rose 12.50% or 1.020 points to trade at 9.180 at the close. Emeco Holdings Ltd (AX: EHL ) added 10.14% or 0.035 points to end at 0.380 and Blackmores Ltd (AX: BKL ) was up 8.79% or 10.31 points to 127.63 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (AX: APT ), which lost 18.93% or 2.650 points to trade at 11.350 in late trade. Credit Corp Group Ltd (AX: CCP ) declined 9.20% or 1.910 points to end at 18.850 and Perpetual Ltd (AX: PPT ) shed 4.81% or 1.840 points to 36.380.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 763 to 415 and 321 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 11.17% to 15.971.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.41% or 5.10 to $1225.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.08% or 0.06 to hit $71.98 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.10% or 0.08 to trade at $81.49 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.04% to 0.7138, while AUD/JPY fell 0.06% to 80.11.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.14% at 94.91.

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