Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.43%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.43%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Energy , Financials and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.43%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were AMP Ltd (AX: AMP ), which rose 6.93% or 0.160 points to trade at 2.470 at the close. NIB Holdings (AX: NHF ) added 6.33% or 0.330 points to end at 5.540 and Lynas Corporation Ltd (AX: LYC ) was up 6.12% or 0.120 points to 2.080 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Corporate Travel Managment Ltd (AX: CTD ), which lost 27.46% or 7.590 points to trade at 20.050 in late trade. TPG Telecom Ltd (AX: TPM ) declined 5.53% or 0.420 points to end at 7.180 and Super Retail Group Ltd (AX: SUL ) shed 3.35% or 0.250 points to 7.220.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 658 to 502 and 335 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 6.62% to 17.050.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.50% or 6.10 to $1219.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 0.48% or 0.32 to hit $66.50 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.63% or 0.48 to trade at $76.43 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.21% to 0.7091, while AUD/JPY fell 0.06% to 80.33.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.49% at 96.82.

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