Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.63%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.63%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Metals & Mining , Healthcare and Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.63%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Technology One Ltd (AX: TNE ), which rose 5.80% or 0.275 points to trade at 5.015 at the close. Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (AX: APT ) added 4.89% or 0.510 points to end at 10.950 and Bega Cheese Ltd (AX: BGA ) was up 4.03% or 0.310 points to 8.010 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Navitas Ltd (AX: NVT ), which lost 3.66% or 0.155 points to trade at 4.075 in late trade. Beach Energy Ltd (AX: BPT ) declined 2.76% or 0.050 points to end at 1.760 and Oil Search Ltd (AX: OSH ) shed 2.39% or 0.210 points to 8.590.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 722 to 499 and 351 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 3.14% to 12.462.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.23% or 2.80 to $1224.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 0.64% or 0.43 to hit $66.73 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.65% or 0.47 to trade at $71.69 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.31% to 0.7366, while AUD/JPY fell 0.19% to 83.25.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.21% at 94.93.

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