Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.08%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.08%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Energy , Resources and Metals & Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.08%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Monadelphous Group Ltd (AX: MND ), which rose 8.32% or 0.760 points to trade at 9.890 at the close. Worleyparsons Ltd (AX: WOR ) added 6.25% or 0.540 points to end at 9.180 and Sims Metal Management Ltd (AX: SGM ) was up 5.43% or 0.500 points to 9.700 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Estia Health Ltd (AX: EHE ), which lost 5.88% or 0.170 points to trade at 2.720 in late trade. St Barbara Ltd (AX: SBM ) declined 5.45% or 0.150 points to end at 2.600 and APN Outdoor Group Ltd (AX: APO ) shed 3.47% or 0.180 points to 5.010.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 521 to 506 and 308 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 2.63% to 13.544.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was down 0.07% or 0.90 to $1259.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.19% or 0.10 to hit $51.25 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.21% or 0.11 to trade at $53.03 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.62% to 0.7561, while AUD/JPY fell 0.29% to 78.59.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.12% at 97.03.

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