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© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.14%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.14% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the gained 0.14% to hit a new 1-month high.

The best performers of the session on the were Westfield Corporation (AX:), which rose 13.88% or 1.180 points to trade at 9.680 at the close. Meanwhile, Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd (AX:) added 8.38% or 0.121 points to end at 1.565 and Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX:) was up 6.73% or 0.230 points to 3.650 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Iron Mountain Inc (AX:), which fell 6.56% or 3.49 points to trade at 49.73 at the close. Asaleo Care (AX:) declined 4.64% or 0.070 points to end at 1.440 and Credit Corp Group Ltd (AX:) was down 3.38% or 0.780 points to 22.300.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 664 to 559 and 356 ended unchanged.

Shares in Westfield Corporation (AX:) rose to 52-week highs; rising 13.88% or 1.180 to 9.680.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 1.10% to 10.889.

Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.35% or 4.40 to $1246.10 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.67% or 0.38 to hit $57.52 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 1.01% or 0.64 to trade at $63.98 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.26% to 0.7578, while AUD/JPY rose 0.02% to 85.84.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.15% at 93.92.

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