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Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index Edges Up by 0.14% Amid Sectoral Gains

Australia’s stock market saw modest gains on Wednesday, with the S&P/ASX 200 index rising by 0.14%, driven by increases in the Industrials, IT, and A-REITs sectors.


Key Points:

S&P/ASX 200 Performance: The S&P/ASX 200 index gained 0.14% at the close of trading in Sydney.


Top Performers: Among the best-performing stocks on the S&P/ASX 200 were Polynovo Ltd (ASX:PNV), which rose by 8.02%, Ingenia Communities Group (ASX:INA) with a gain of 2.77%, and Pro Medicus Ltd (ASX:PME) which increased by 2.50%.


Worst Performers: Perpetual Ltd (ASX:PPT) recorded the largest decline, falling by 6.95%, followed by St Barbara Ltd (ASX:SBM) with a decline of 3.92%, and Mesoblast Ltd (ASX:MSB) which dropped by 3.83%.

Market Sentiment: Falling stocks slightly outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange, with 577 declining, 541 advancing, and 452 remaining unchanged.

Highs and Lows: Pro Medicus Ltd (ASX:PME) reached all-time highs during the session.

Volatility: The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, measuring the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, decreased by 1.65% to 11.12.

Commodities: Gold Futures for June delivery experienced a slight decrease of 0.02% to $2,323.75 a troy ounce. Crude oil prices for June delivery fell by 0.63% to $77.89 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract dropped by 0.65% to $82.62 a barrel.

Currency Markets: AUD/USD remained unchanged at 0.66, while AUD/JPY rose by 0.10% to 102.16. The US Dollar Index Futures edged up by 0.10% to 105.41.

In summary, Australia’s stock market showed a modest increase, supported by gains in specific sectors, while the overall market sentiment remained relatively balanced.