Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.06%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.06%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.06% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the gained 0.06%.

The best performers of the session on the were Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd (ASX:), which rose 5.96% or 1.630 points to trade at 29.000 at the close. Meanwhile, Galaxy Resources Ltd (ASX:) added 4.49% or 0.040 points to end at 0.930 and Corporate Travel Managment Ltd (ASX:) was up 4.28% or 0.880 points to 21.450 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were OZ Minerals Ltd (ASX:), which fell 5.37% or 0.620 points to trade at 10.920 at the close. Virgin Money UK PLC (ASX:) declined 3.91% or 0.150 points to end at 3.690 and Smartgroup Corporation Ltd (ASX:) was down 3.84% or 0.270 points to 6.770.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 550 to 546 and 380 ended unchanged.

Shares in Smartgroup Corporation Ltd (ASX:) fell to 52-week lows; losing 3.84% or 0.270 to 6.770.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 1.16% to 11.374.

Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.08% or 1.15 to $1481.75 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.80% or 0.49 to hit $60.38 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 0.62% or 0.41 to trade at $65.69 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.01% to 0.6849, while AUD/JPY fell 0.04% to 74.96.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.09% at 96.865.

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