Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.45%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.45%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Financials , Real Estate Investment and Energy sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 1.45%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Mineral Resources Ltd (AX: MIN ), which rose 13.76% or 1.365 points to trade at 11.285 at the close. Aconex Ltd (AX: ACX ) added 6.44% or 0.250 points to end at 4.130 and Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ) was up 5.38% or 0.068 points to 1.323 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX: GXY ), which lost 4.93% or 0.100 points to trade at 1.930 in late trade. Independence Group NL (AX: IGO ) declined 2.94% or 0.100 points to end at 3.300 and Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (AX: FMG ) shed 2.88% or 0.140 points to 4.720.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 610 to 606 and 398 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 1.87% to 12.504.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.05% or 0.62 to $1268.28 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.50% or 0.23 to hit $46.31 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.60% or 0.29 to trade at $48.58 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.19% to 0.7555, while AUD/JPY rose 0.27% to 83.13.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 97.23.

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