THE S&P/ASX 200 closed 0.1% lower after a lacklustre session on Wall Street overnight.
The Metals & Mining sub-index closed nearly 0.9% higher with 88.5% of stocks in positive territory.
The best performer was lithium producer Orocobre, which jumped by 5.6%.
Gold producer Resolute Mining was the best of the gold stocks with a 4.3% jump, though Evolution Mining and Regis Resources each gained more than 3%.
Evolution hit an all-time intraday high of A$3.52, while Regis Resources reached a five-year high of $5.08.
Australian dollar spot gold hit a June high of $1724 following the US interest rate rise overnight.
Just outside the ASX 200, nickel-cobalt developer Clean TeQ Holdings jumped by 11% to $1.155.
Nickel explorer Gol...