S&P/ASX 200 index up 0.03 percent at the closing of trading in Australia.

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After the closing on Tuesday, Australian stocks were higher, thanks to increases in the IT, Consumer Discretionary, and Healthcare sectors.

The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 0.03 percent to a fresh one-month high at the close in Sydney. Nanosonics Ltd (ASX: NAN) was the highest performer on the S&P/ASX 200, rising 9.35 percent or 0.52 points to finish at 6.08 at the closing.

In late trade, Crown Ltd (ASX: CWN) rose 8.70 percent or 0.840 points to 10.500, while Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX: PLS) rose 8.13 percent or 0.170 points to 2.260. Mineral Resources Ltd (ASX: MIN) was the worst performer of the session, falling 7.04 percent or 3.02 points to close at 39.89. Whitehaven Coal Ltd (ASX: WHC) down 4.23 percent or 0.120 points to 2.720, while Regis Resources Ltd (ASX: RRL) fell 6.14 percent or 0.140 points to 2.140.

On the Sydney Stock Exchange, declining equities outpaced advancing ones by 703 to 703, with 416 remaining unchanged. The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, fell 0.59 percent to 11.879.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.22% or 3.95 to $1802.85 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 0.42% or 0.35 to hit $83.41 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 0.25% or 0.21 to trade at $84.96 a barrel.

AUD/USD was unchanged 0.00% to 0.7491, while AUD/JPY rose 0.33% to 85.45. The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.12% at 93.918.

Story by : Norvisi Mawunyegah