Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.08%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.08%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Gold , Metals & Mining and IT sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.08%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (ASX: APT ), which rose 6.93% or 1.690 points to trade at 26.090 at the close. Mayne Pharma Group Ltd (ASX: MYX ) added 4.85% or 0.025 points to end at 0.540 and Mineral Resources Ltd (ASX: MIN ) was up 4.05% or 0.610 points to 15.660 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Speedcast International Ltd (ASX: SDA ), which lost 40.80% or 1.420 points to trade at 2.060 in late trade. Hub24 Ltd (ASX: HUB ) declined 5.58% or 0.670 points to end at 11.340 and Eclipx Group Ltd (ASX: ECX ) shed 5.12% or 0.065 points to 1.205.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 663 to 491 and 345 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 3.72% to 11.895 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.26% or 3.55 to $1392.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.36% or 0.21 to hit $59.30 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.43% or 0.28 to trade at $65.34 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.27% to 0.6984, while AUD/JPY rose 0.25% to 75.71.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 96.343.

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