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Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.29%

Investing.com – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the GoldUtilities and A-REITs sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 1.29%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Westgold Resources Ltd (ASX:WGX), which rose 11.70% or 0.10 points to trade at 0.95 at the close. Meanwhile, Evolution Mining Ltd (ASX:EVN) added 8.10% or 0.23 points to end at 3.07 and St Barbara Ltd (ASX:SBM) was up 7.95% or 0.06 points to 0.82 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Nuix Ltd (ASX:NXL), which fell 3.03% or 0.02 points to trade at 0.64 at the close. Domain Holdings Australia Ltd (ASX:DHG) declined 1.16% or 0.03 points to end at 2.56 and Breville Group Ltd (ASX:BRG) was down 1.15% or 0.21 points to 18.01.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 784 to 432 and 397 ended unchanged.

Shares in Domain Holdings Australia Ltd (ASX:DHG) fell to 52-week lows; down 1.16% or 0.03 to 2.56.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 10.55% to 12.24.

Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.00% or 0.05 to $1,825.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.29% or 0.22 to hit $76.01 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 0.26% or 0.21 to trade at $79.78 a barrel.

AUD/USD was unchanged 0.03% to 0.67, while AUD/JPY rose 0.14% to 88.06.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 103.64.

Source:investing.com

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