Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.31%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.31%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the IT , Healthcare and Metals & Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.31% to hit a new 3-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Appen Ltd (AX: APX ), which rose 21.74% or 4.090 points to trade at 22.900 at the close. Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (AX: APT ) added 19.19% or 3.300 points to end at 20.500 and Nanosonics Ltd (AX: NAN ) was up 12.40% or 0.450 points to 4.080 in late trade.

Biggest losers included G8 Education Ltd (AX: GEM ), which lost 11.02% or 0.400 points to trade at 3.230 in late trade. oOh!Media Ltd (AX: OML ) declined 8.58% or 0.350 points to end at 3.730 and Lend Lease Group (AX: LLC ) shed 6.27% or 0.890 points to 13.300.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 619 to 535 and 371 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 up 2.43% to 11.592.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.00% or 0.05 to $1332.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.23% or 0.13 to hit $57.13 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.33% or 0.22 to trade at $67.03 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.34% to 0.7151, while AUD/JPY rose 0.30% to 79.11.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 96.335.

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