Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.40%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.40%
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Investing.com – Australia equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Healthcare , Consumer Staples and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.40%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Alumina Ltd (AX: AWC ), which rose 5.44% or 0.130 points to trade at 2.520 at the close. IPH Ltd (AX: IPH ) added 5.26% or 0.180 points to end at 3.600 and Macquarie Atlas Roads Group (AX: MQA ) was up 4.42% or 0.250 points to 5.900 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Mineral Resources Ltd (AX: MIN ), which lost 6.41% or 1.105 points to trade at 16.135 in late trade. Western Areas Ltd (AX: WSA ) declined 3.33% or 0.110 points to end at 3.190 and Monadelphous Group Ltd (AX: MND ) shed 2.12% or 0.330 points to 15.220.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 600 to 584 and 378 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 0.21% to 14.965.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.05% or 0.70 to $1335.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.35% or 0.22 to hit $62.28 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.42% or 0.28 to trade at $67.39 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.12% to 0.7688, while AUD/JPY rose 0.17% to 82.30.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 89.85.

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