Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.30%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.30%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the IT , Energy and Resources sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.30%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Syrah Resources Ltd (AX: SYR ), which rose 8.49% or 0.090 points to trade at 1.150 at the close. Bellamys Australia Ltd (AX: BAL ) added 7.60% or 0.760 points to end at 10.760 and Lynas Corporation Ltd (AX: LYC ) was up 6.98% or 0.110 points to 1.685 in late trade.

Biggest losers included G8 Education Ltd (AX: GEM ), which lost 3.06% or 0.100 points to trade at 3.170 in late trade. Corporate Travel Managment Ltd (AX: CTD ) declined 2.64% or 0.650 points to end at 23.930 and Spark New Zealand Ltd (AX: SPK ) shed 2.23% or 0.080 points to 3.500.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 655 to 508 and 329 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 4.93% to 11.773.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.39% or 5.05 to $1304.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.26% or 0.15 to hit $58.41 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.34% or 0.23 to trade at $67.78 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.43% to 0.7063, while AUD/JPY fell 0.06% to 78.79.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.12% at 96.632.

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