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Title: Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.34%

Apr 13, 2022 03:45AM ET

By: AnalysisWatch

Australian shares rose after the close on Wednesday as stocks rose in the gold, metals, mining and energy sectors.

At the close of trading in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 index was up 0.34%.

EML Payments Ltd was the best performer during the session, rising 10.53%, or 0.28 points, to close at 2.94 on the S&P/ASX 200 index. Meanwhile, Resolute Mining Ltd added 8.70%, or 0.03 points, to close at 0.38 and Perenti Global Ltd rose 7.19%, or 0.05 points, to close at 0.75 in late trading.

Adbri Ltd was the worst performer during the session, falling 4.64%, or 0.14 points, to close trading at 2.88 points. James Hardie Industries PLC dropped 2.90%, or 1.18 points, to close at 39.49 and Perpetual Ltd fell 2.30%, or 0.74 points, to close at 31.41.

On the Sydney Stock Exchange, rising shares outnumbered falling ones by 835 to 567, and 401 ended unchanged.

Shares in James Hardie Industries PLC fell to a 52-week low, dropping 2.90%, or 1.18 points, to 39.49 points. Shares of Perpetual Ltd fell to 52-week lows, down 2.30% or 0.74 points, to 31.41 points.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX index fell 1.69% to 12.72 points, measuring the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options.

Gold futures for June delivery fell 0.42%, or $8.30, to $1,967.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, the crude oil contract for May delivery fell 0.40%, or 0.40, to USD100.20 per barrel, while the June Brent crude oil contract fell 0.34%, or 0.36, to trade at USD104.28 per barrel.

The AUD/USD exchange rate remained unchanged at 0.29% to 0.74, while the AUD/JPY exchange rate rose 0.35% to 93.83.

Futures on the US dollar index rose 0.07% to 100.36.

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