Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.66%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.66%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Metals & Mining , Resources and Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.66%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Sirtex Medical Ltd (AX: SRX ), which rose 16.09% or 2.170 points to trade at 15.660 at the close. Southern Cross Media Group Ltd (AX: SXL ) added 6.90% or 0.083 points to end at 1.278 and Myer Holdings Ltd (AX: MYR ) was up 6.55% or 0.055 points to 0.895 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Skycity Entertainment Group Ltd (AX: SKC ), which lost 3.70% or 0.150 points to trade at 3.900 in late trade. ALS Ltd (AX: ALQ ) declined 3.52% or 0.275 points to end at 7.545 and Newcrest Mining Ltd (AX: NCM ) shed 2.72% or 0.570 points to 20.420.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 732 to 459 and 436 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 up 0.12% to 12.908.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.43% or 5.40 to $1252.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 0.43% or 0.19 to hit $44.05 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.19% or 0.09 to trade at $46.83 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.37% to 0.7611, while AUD/JPY rose 0.22% to 85.37.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.19% at 96.00.

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