* Australian finances record their highest levels since March 5
* Australian energy stocks advanced for the third session
* Fletcher NZ Building recorded highest level in more than 2 years (Renewal closed)
November 25 (Reuters) – Australian stocks closed higher on Wednesday, lifted by the start of US President-elect Joe Biden’s official transition to the White House and as investors also expected a rapid economic revival due to advances in the coronavirus vaccine.
The S & P / ASX 200 index ended 0.6% higher at 6,683.300 points.
“Thanks to the many vaccines that will be available soon,” Joy to the World “is ringing earlier than expected,” wrote Stephen Innes, head of global market strategy at Axi in a note.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average broke the 30,000 level overnight for the first time on optimism surrounding vaccine progress and Biden’s transition.
“Get a glimpse of the current market and there’s not much to say about those worries. It’s like a positive risk nirvana has gone down in the stock market and traders have little trouble other than going with the flow ”, said Chris Weston of Pepperstone.
Meanwhile, Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales is set to loosen social distancing restrictions and allow restaurants and pubs to increase capacity starting December, after recording nearly three weeks of no local transmission of COVID-19.
Up by 4%, energy companies were the biggest percentage gainers on the benchmark as crude oil prices rose for the fourth straight session.
Finance added more than 2% with the “Big Four” bank ending in black. Analysts at UBS expect the bank to increase its payout ratio and potentially return the excess capital from fiscal 2021.
Miners also gained as benchmark iron ore futures snapped two consecutive sessions of losses with Lynas Corp and BHP Group topping the sub-index with more than 3% gains each.
In New Zealand, the benchmark S & P / NZX 50 was up for the third straight session to be 0.9% higher.
The central bank said Wednesday it will reimpose mortgage restrictions next year amid growing fears of a housing bubble.
The country’s biggest construction company surged to its highest level since November 2018 on an optimistic profit outlook and dividend payback plans. (Reporting by Deepali Saxena, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)