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Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.11%

Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.11% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Gold, IT and Utilities sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.11%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Appen Ltd (ASX:APX), which rose 30.12% or 0.25 points to trade at 1.08 at the close. Meanwhile, Mesoblast Ltd (ASX:MSB) added 23.44% or 0.08 points to end at 0.40 and Alumina Ltd (ASX:AWC) was up 8.51% or 0.10 points to 1.27 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Champion Iron Ltd (ASX:CIA), which fell 3.93% or 0.29 points to trade at 7.09 at the close. Whitehaven Coal Ltd (ASX:WHC) declined 3.84% or 0.27 points to end at 6.77 and St Barbara Ltd (ASX:SBM) was down 3.03% or 0.01 points to 0.16.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 596 to 555 and 310 ended unchanged.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 4.20% to 12.53.

Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.20% or 4.45 to $2,184.15 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.19% or 0.15 to hit $78.08 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.30% or 0.25 to trade at $82.46 a barrel.

AUD/USD was unchanged 0.00% to 0.66, while AUD/JPY rose 0.32% to 97.50.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 102.42.


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