Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.42%

Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.42%
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 06:00 – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Telecoms Services, A-REITs and IT sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.42%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Nextdc Ltd (AX:NXT), which rose 4.85% or 0.205 points to trade at 4.435 at the close. Meanwhile, Breville Group Ltd (AX:BRG) added 4.56% or 0.450 points to end at 10.310 and Australian Agricultural Company Ltd (AX:AAC) was up 4.30% or 0.065 points to 1.575 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Domino'S Pizza Enterprises Ltd (AX:DMP), which fell 17.73% or 9.060 points to trade at 42.050 at the close. Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia Ltd (AX:GMA) declined 6.53% or 0.205 points to end at 2.935 and Flexigroup Ltd (AX:FXL) was down 5.15% or 0.095 points to 1.750.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 628 to 500 and 375 ended unchanged.

Shares in Domino'S Pizza Enterprises Ltd (AX:DMP) fell to 52-week lows; down 17.73% or 9.060 to 42.050.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 6.61% to 14.253.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.82% or 10.54 to $1279.86 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.06% or 0.03 to hit $47.62 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 0.14% or 0.07 to trade at $50.80 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.03% to 0.7851, while AUD/JPY rose 0.67% to 86.66.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.21% at 93.54.

© Reuters.

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