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Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.86% © Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.86%

Investing.com – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Tuesday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the added 0.86%.

The best performers of the session on the were Nanosonics Ltd (ASX:), which rose 7.46% or 0.44 points to trade at 6.34 at the close. Meanwhile, Zip Co Ltd (ASX:) added 5.08% or 0.21 points to end at 4.34 and CSL Ltd (ASX:) was up 4.91% or 13.45 points to 287.21 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX:), which fell 9.06% or 0.250 points to trade at 2.510 at the close. Bluescope Steel Ltd (ASX:) declined 2.92% or 0.640 points to end at 21.270 and Metcash Ltd (ASX:) was down 2.89% or 0.130 points to 4.370.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 726 to 676 and 384 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 7.99% to 11.519.

Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.16% or 2.80 to $1791.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 1.12% or 0.77 to hit $69.38 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.78% or 0.56 to trade at $72.08 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.08% to 0.7114, while AUD/JPY rose 0.19% to 80.89.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 96.425.

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