Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.43%
Wednesday, February 19, 2020       14:35 WIB - Australia stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Gold, Healthcare and Consumer Discretionary sectors led shares higher.
At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.43% to hit a new all time high.
The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd (ASX:CWY), which rose 16.67% or 0.320 points to trade at 2.240 at the close. Meanwhile, Cochlear Ltd (ASX:COH) added 11.00% or 24.93 points to end at 251.55 and Webjet Ltd (ASX:WEB) was up 10.82% or 1.34 points to 13.72 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Wisetech Global Ltd (ASX:WTC), which fell 27.31% or 8.04 points to trade at 21.40 at the close. EML Payments Ltd (ASX:EML) declined 13.51% or 0.75 points to end at 4.80 and Vicinity Centres Re Ltd (ASX:VCX) was down 5.60% or 0.140 points to 2.360.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 653 to 528 and 331 ended unchanged.
Shares in Cochlear Ltd (ASX:COH) rose to all time highs; up 11.00% or 24.93 to 251.55. Shares in Vicinity Centres Re Ltd (ASX:VCX) fell to 5-year lows; falling 5.60% or 0.140 to 2.360.
The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 1.23% to 12.007.
Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.22% or 3.60 to $1607.20 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.76% or 0.40 to hit $52.69 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.66% or 0.38 to trade at $58.13 a barrel.
AUD/USD was up 0.13% to 0.6693, while AUD/JPY rose 0.30% to 73.65.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 99.347.

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