• Karry James

Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.72%

@SIGNALSFACTORY - Australia stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Healthcare, IT and Consumer Discretionary sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.72% to hit a new 3-months high.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Wisetech Global Ltd (ASX: WTC), which rose 33.93% or 7.06 points to trade at 27.87 at the close. Meanwhile, G8 Education Ltd (ASX: GEM) added 12.21% or 0.105 points to end at 0.965 and Corporate Travel Management Ltd (ASX: CTD) was up 10.63% or 1.29 points to 13.43 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Resolute Mining Ltd (ASX: RSG), which fell 17.47% or 0.235 points to trade at 1.110 at the close. Nearmap Ltd (ASX: NEA) declined 11.57% or 0.310 points to end at 2.370 and Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (ASX: TWE) was down 8.51% or 0.900 points to 9.680.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 635 to 632 and 352 ended unchanged.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 0.43% to 18.104.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.79% or 15.90 to $1997.20 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 0.65% or 0.28 to hit $42.61 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 0.81% or 0.37 to trade at $45.09 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.15% to 0.7251, while AUD/JPY rose 0.22% to 76.50.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 92.250.

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