Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.06%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.06%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Real Estate Investment , Consumer Staples and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.06%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd (AX: NEC ), which rose 5.74% or 0.070 points to trade at 1.290 at the close. Isentia Group Ltd (AX: ISD ) added 4.71% or 0.080 points to end at 1.780 and Tassal Group Ltd (AX: TGR ) was up 3.43% or 0.150 points to 4.520 in late trade.

Biggest losers included G8 Education Ltd (AX: GEM ), which lost 3.99% or 0.140 points to trade at 3.370 in late trade. Vocus Group Ltd (AX: VOC ) declined 3.38% or 0.100 points to end at 2.860 and South32 Ltd (AX: S32 ) shed 2.95% or 0.080 points to 2.630.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 569 to 488 and 382 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 6.23% to 11.899.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.05% or 0.63 to $1261.47 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 0.72% or 0.36 to hit $49.30 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 0.63% or 0.33 to trade at $51.91 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.21% to 0.7450, while AUD/JPY fell 0.14% to 82.63.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.16% at 97.38.

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