Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.72%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.72%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Industrials , Consumer Staples and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.72%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Nufarm Ltd (AX: NUF ), which rose 5.64% or 0.470 points to trade at 8.800 at the close. ALS Ltd (AX: ALQ ) added 5.60% or 0.300 points to end at 5.660 and Infigen Energy (AX: IFN ) was up 4.69% or 0.038 points to 0.838 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Vocus Fpo (AX: VOC ), which lost 10.65% or 0.720 points to trade at 6.040 in late trade. TPG Telecom Ltd (AX: TPM ) declined 7.11% or 0.660 points to end at 8.620 and Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX: GXY ) shed 6.34% or 0.023 points to 0.333.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 594 to 489 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 up 2.44% to 15.242.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was down 0.04% or 0.55 to $1317.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 1.88% or 0.83 to hit $44.88 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 1.44% or 0.66 to trade at $46.54 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.05% to 0.7552, while AUD/JPY rose 0.82% to 77.47.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.24% at 96.20.

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