Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.34%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.34%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Energy , Telecoms Services and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.34%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Aveo Group (AX: AOG ), which rose 10.70% or 0.260 points to trade at 2.690 at the close. Domino'S Pizza Enterprises Ltd (AX: DMP ) added 5.98% or 2.480 points to end at 43.980 and Origin Energy Ltd (AX: ORG ) was up 5.55% or 0.380 points to 7.230 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Pact Group Holdings Ltd (AX: PGH ), which lost 5.51% or 0.320 points to trade at 5.490 in late trade. Suncorp Group Ltd (AX: SUN ) declined 3.83% or 0.520 points to end at 13.040 and Seek Ltd (AX: SEK ) shed 3.65% or 0.650 points to 17.180.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 596 to 511 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 5.32% to 13.464.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.07% or 0.92 to $1278.78 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.48% or 0.23 to hit $47.78 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 0.57% or 0.29 to trade at $51.09 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.24% to 0.7841, while AUD/JPY rose 0.23% to 86.76.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.02% at 93.73.

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