Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.43%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.43%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.43% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the rose 0.43% to hit a new all time high.

The best performers of the session on the were Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd (ASX:), which rose 16.67% or 0.320 points to trade at 2.240 at the close. Meanwhile, Cochlear Ltd (ASX:) added 11.00% or 24.93 points to end at 251.55 and Webjet Ltd (ASX:) was up 10.82% or 1.34 points to 13.72 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Wisetech Global Ltd (ASX:), which fell 27.31% or 8.04 points to trade at 21.40 at the close. EML Payments Ltd (ASX:) declined 13.51% or 0.75 points to end at 4.80 and Vicinity Centres Re Ltd (ASX:) was down 5.60% or 0.140 points to 2.360.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 653 to 528 and 331 ended unchanged.

Shares in Cochlear Ltd (ASX:) rose to all time highs; up 11.00% or 24.93 to 251.55. Shares in Vicinity Centres Re Ltd (ASX:) fell to 5-year lows; falling 5.60% or 0.140 to 2.360.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 1.23% to 12.007.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.22% or 3.60 to $1607.20 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.76% or 0.40 to hit $52.69 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.66% or 0.38 to trade at $58.13 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.13% to 0.6693, while AUD/JPY rose 0.30% to 73.65.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 99.347.

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