Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.02%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.02%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the IT , Gold and Metals & Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.02%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (AX: APT ), which rose 5.25% or 0.840 points to trade at 16.840 at the close. Qube Holdings Ltd (AX: QUB ) added 4.65% or 0.120 points to end at 2.700 and Appen Ltd (AX: APX ) was up 4.33% or 0.590 points to 14.220 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Australian Pharma Industries Ltd (AX: API ), which lost 8.97% or 0.170 points to trade at 1.725 in late trade. Syrah Resources Ltd (AX: SYR ) declined 5.74% or 0.135 points to end at 2.215 and Iluka Resources Ltd (AX: ILU ) shed 3.29% or 0.330 points to 9.690.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 586 to 565 and 370 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 2.67% to 10.871.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.09% or 1.10 to $1206.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.24% or 0.17 to hit $72.11 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.12% or 0.10 to trade at $81.16 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.18% to 0.7263, while AUD/JPY rose 0.11% to 82.00.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 93.77.

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