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Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.35%

Sep 21, 2021

Australia stocks were higher after the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Energy, IT and Consumer Discretionary sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.35%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were AusNet Services Ltd (ASX:AST), which rose 9.75% or 0.230 points to trade at 2.590 at the close. Meanwhile, Wisetech Global Ltd (ASX:WTC) added 5.05% or 2.59 points to end at 53.92 and Champion Iron Ltd (ASX:CIA) was up 4.24% or 0.190 points to 4.670 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were APA Group (ASX:APA), which fell 4.73% or 0.420 points to trade at 8.460 at the close. Nickel Mines Ltd (ASX:NIC) declined 4.52% or 0.045 points to end at 0.950 and Janus Henderson Group PLC DRC (ASX:JHG) was down 3.92% or 2.30 points to 56.42.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 840 to 564 and 391 ended unchanged.

Shares in AusNet Services Ltd (ASX:AST) rose to all time highs; rising 9.75% or 0.230 to 2.590. Shares in APA Group (ASX:APA) fell to 52-week lows; losing 4.73% or 0.420 to 8.460. Shares in Wisetech Global Ltd (ASX:WTC) rose to all time highs; rising 5.05% or 2.59 to 53.92.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 7.50% to 13.348.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.20% or 3.45 to $1760.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 1.27% or 0.89 to hit $71.03 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 1.03% or 0.76 to trade at $74.68 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.31% to 0.7272, while AUD/JPY rose 0.56% to 79.75.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 93.220.

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