Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.57%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.57%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Gold , Metals & Mining and Resources sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.57%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd (AX: CWY ), which rose 6.32% or 0.083 points to trade at 1.387 at the close. Nanosonics Ltd (AX: NAN ) added 6.19% or 0.195 points to end at 3.345 and Western Areas Ltd (AX: WSA ) was up 5.20% or 0.105 points to 2.125 in late trade.

Biggest losers included CSR Ltd (AX: CSR ), which lost 12.19% or 0.630 points to trade at 4.540 in late trade. GWA Group Ltd (AX: GWA ) declined 4.00% or 0.130 points to end at 3.120 and Incitec Pivot Ltd (AX: IPL ) shed 3.42% or 0.130 points to 3.670.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 623 to 512 and 333 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 3.71% to 11.851.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.56% or 6.85 to $1222.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 0.48% or 0.22 to hit $46.10 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 0.33% or 0.16 to trade at $48.89 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.34% to 0.7367, while AUD/JPY rose 0.14% to 83.84.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.15% at 99.30.

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