© Reuters. Australian Indices Close Higher; S & P / ASX 200 up to 0.11%
Investing.com – The Australian Stock Exchange closed higher on Wednesday; gains in, and sectors drove indices higher. At the close in Sydney, it was up 0.11%. The best performers of the session on the was Premier Investments Ltd (ASX :), which rose 12.72% or 2.86 points to settle at 25.35 at the close. Meanwhile, Whitehaven Coal Ltd (ASX :), advanced 9.38%, or 0.150 points, to close at 1,750, and Cimic Group Ltd (ASX :), which rose 7.56%, or 1.88 points, to lay off the session at 26.74. The worst performer for the session was Polynovo Ltd (ASX :), which fell 9.15% or 0.270 points to trade at 2.680 at the close. Altium Ltd (ASX :), meanwhile, cut 6.21%, 1.87 points, to close at 28.26 and Mesoblast Ltd (ASX 🙂 fell 6.15%, 0.160 points, to finish at 2.440 . The rising shares outnumbered those that fell on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 739 to 572 and 372 ended unchanged. Premier Investments Ltd (ASX 🙂 shares rose to all-time highs; gaining 12.72% or 2.86 to 25.35. The, which measures the implied volatility of S & P / ASX 200 options, was down 2.58% to 14,233. Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.76% or 14.10 to $ 1,858.30 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in the commodities trade, crude oil for February delivery rose 0.73% or 0.39 to $ 53.60 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.72% or 0.41 to trade at $ 56.99 a barrel. AUD / USD was down 0.02% to 0.7770, while AUD / JPY was down 0.08% to 80.55. The US dollar futures index was down 0.12% to 89.953.