Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.04%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.04%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Consumer Discretionary , Real Estate Investment and Consumer Staples sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.04%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Metcash Ltd (AX: MTS ), which rose 7.99% or 0.270 points to trade at 3.650 at the close. Aristocrat Leisure Ltd (AX: ALL ) added 7.98% or 2.220 points to end at 30.030 and A2 Milk Company Ltd (AX: A2M ) was up 5.32% or 0.495 points to 9.795 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Technology One Ltd (AX: TNE ), which lost 5.70% or 0.260 points to trade at 4.300 in late trade. Monadelphous Group Ltd (AX: MND ) declined 4.89% or 0.770 points to end at 14.970 and Ausdrill Ltd (AX: ASL ) shed 4.58% or 0.120 points to 2.500.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 623 to 572 and 391 ended unchanged on the Sydney Stock Exchange.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 0.93% to 13.478.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.28% or 3.60 to $1293.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 0.32% or 0.23 to hit $71.61 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 0.38% or 0.30 to trade at $79.50 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.01% to 0.7561, while AUD/JPY fell 0.52% to 82.78.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.10% at 93.82.

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