Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.01%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.01%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Gold , Metals & Mining and Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 1.01% to hit a new 52-week high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ), which rose 11.06% or 0.115 points to trade at 1.155 at the close. Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (AX: SAR ) added 9.70% or 0.080 points to end at 0.905 and Asaleo Care (AX: AHY ) was up 7.25% or 0.100 points to 1.480 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Bega Cheese Ltd (AX: BGA ), which lost 2.60% or 0.110 points to trade at 4.120 in late trade. Caltex Australia Ltd (AX: CTX ) declined 2.03% or 0.620 points to end at 29.980 and Myer Holdings Ltd (AX: MYR ) shed 1.44% or 0.020 points to 1.370.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 666 to 319 and 272 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 15.42% to 12.169.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was up 0.36% or 4.15 to $1142.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.19% or 0.10 to hit $53.80 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.21% or 0.12 to trade at $56.71 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.26% to 0.7205, while AUD/JPY rose 0.41% to 84.72.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.09% at 102.91.

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