Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.39%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.39%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Utilities , Real Estate Investment and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.39%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Wisetech Global Ltd (ASX: WTC ), which rose 5.71% or 1.420 points to trade at 26.270 at the close. Charter Hall Group (ASX: CHC ) added 5.08% or 0.530 points to end at 10.960 and Estia Health Ltd (ASX: EHE ) was up 4.25% or 0.110 points to 2.700 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ausdrill Ltd (ASX: ASL ), which lost 6.79% or 0.095 points to trade at 1.305 in late trade. Emeco Holdings Ltd (ASX: EHL ) declined 5.20% or 0.090 points to end at 1.640 and Speedcast International Ltd (ASX: SDA ) shed 5.07% or 0.190 points to 3.560.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 611 to 563 and 388 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 0.10% to 14.272.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.22% or 2.95 to $1336.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.35% or 0.18 to hit $51.86 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.40% or 0.24 to trade at $60.87 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.05% to 0.6973, while AUD/JPY fell 0.24% to 75.40.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 97.240.

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