Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.07%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.07%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the IT , Healthcare and Telecoms Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.07%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Super Retail Group Ltd (AX: SUL ), which rose 5.66% or 0.430 points to trade at 8.030 at the close. Estia Health Ltd (AX: EHE ) added 4.67% or 0.120 points to end at 2.690 and Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd (AX: HVN ) was up 3.61% or 0.140 points to 4.020 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Eclipx Group Ltd (AX: ECX ), which lost 4.48% or 0.030 points to trade at 0.640 in late trade. Evolution Mining Ltd (AX: EVN ) declined 3.43% or 0.130 points to end at 3.660 and Ardent Leisure Ltd (AX: ALG ) shed 3.40% or 0.040 points to 1.135.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 610 to 508 and 392 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 0.46% to 11.865.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.07% or 0.95 to $1294.35 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.67% or 0.40 to hit $59.70 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.60% or 0.40 to trade at $67.50 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.28% to 0.7095, while AUD/JPY rose 0.42% to 78.59.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 96.738.

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