Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.10%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.10%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Energy , Resources and Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.10% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX: GXY ), which rose 14.06% or 0.045 points to trade at 0.365 at the close. Henderson Group PLC (AX: HGG ) added 11.56% or 0.460 points to end at 4.440 and Flexigroup Ltd (AX: FXL ) was up 5.96% or 0.140 points to 2.490 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Reliance Worldwide Corporation (Aust) Pty Ltd (AX: RWC ), which lost 3.16% or 0.100 points to trade at 3.060 in late trade. Southern Cross Media Group Ltd (AX: SXL ) declined 3.15% or 0.050 points to end at 1.535 and Northern Star Resources Ltd (AX: NST ) shed 3.02% or 0.140 points to 4.490.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 549 to 515 and 292 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 6.99% to 13.618.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was up 0.06% or 0.85 to $1313.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.55% or 0.27 to hit $48.54 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.39% or 0.20 to trade at $50.69 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.05% to 0.7674, while AUD/JPY rose 0.49% to 78.44.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.21% at 95.85.

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