Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.47%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.47%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.47% – 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 0.47%.

The best performers of the session on the were Idp Education Ltd (ASX:), which rose 28.42% or 4.74 points to trade at 21.42 at the close. Meanwhile, Tassal Group Ltd (ASX:) added 11.89% or 0.49 points to end at 4.61 and Carsales.Com Ltd (ASX:) was up 8.34% or 1.47 points to 19.09 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Blackmores Ltd (ASX:), which fell 12.79% or 11.44 points to trade at 78.00 at the close. Beach Energy Ltd (ASX:) declined 4.33% or 0.100 points to end at 2.210 and Orora Ltd (ASX:) was down 4.14% or 0.13 points to 3.01.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 606 to 550 and 359 ended unchanged.

Shares in Idp Education Ltd (ASX:) rose to all time highs; rising 28.42% or 4.74 to 21.42. Shares in Carsales.Com Ltd (ASX:) rose to all time highs; up 8.34% or 1.47 to 19.09.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 4.13% to 12.825.

Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.07% or 1.05 to $1569.05 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 1.36% or 0.68 to hit $50.62 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 1.89% or 1.02 to trade at $55.03 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.20% to 0.6726, while AUD/JPY rose 0.29% to 73.91.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 98.688.

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