Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.14%

Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.14%

Investing.com  | Oct 10, 2018 07:00

Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.14%

Investing.com – Australia equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Consumer Discretionary, Healthcare and Telecoms Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.14%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Navitas Ltd (AX:NVT), which rose 21.84% or 0.950 points to trade at 5.300 at the close. Domino'S Pizza Enterprises Ltd (AX:DMP) added 5.02% or 2.500 points to end at 52.340 and Corporate Travel Managment Ltd (AX:CTD) was up 3.65% or 1.050 points to 29.840 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Orocobre Ltd (AX:ORE), which lost 5.54% or 0.230 points to trade at 3.920 in late trade. Lynas Corporation Ltd (AX:LYC) declined 4.27% or 0.075 points to end at 1.680 and Syrah Resources Ltd (AX:SYR) shed 3.88% or 0.080 points to 1.980.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 625 to 496 and 367 ended unchanged on the Sydney Stock Exchange.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 1.30% to 14.204.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.17% or 2.00 to $1193.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.36% or 0.27 to hit $74.69 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.19% or 0.16 to trade at $84.84 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.32% to 0.7126, while AUD/JPY rose 0.36% to 80.51.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 95.28.

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