Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.13%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.13%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Metals & Mining , Resources and Energy sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.13%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were APN Outdoor Group Ltd (AX: APO ), which rose 17.28% or 0.800 points to trade at 5.430 at the close. Western Areas Ltd (AX: WSA ) added 11.24% or 0.280 points to end at 2.770 and Independence Group NL (AX: IGO ) was up 8.73% or 0.370 points to 4.610 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Southern Cross Media Group Ltd (AX: SXL ), which lost 4.86% or 0.070 points to trade at 1.370 in late trade. Nine Ent Fpo (AX: NEC ) declined 3.19% or 0.030 points to end at 0.910 and Macquarie Group Ltd (AX: MQG ) shed 2.63% or 2.085 points to 77.295.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 590 to 459 and 310 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 1.06% to 18.336.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was up 0.32% or 4.15 to $1283.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 0.11% or 0.05 to hit $44.94 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.35% or 0.16 to trade at $46.31 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.31% to 0.7704, while AUD/JPY fell 0.33% to 80.45.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.03% at 97.75.

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