Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.44%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.44%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Telecoms Services , Gold and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.44%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ), which rose 2.93% or 0.040 points to trade at 1.405 at the close. Seven Group Holdings Ltd (AX: SVW ) added 2.70% or 0.500 points to end at 19.050 and Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd (AX: CWY ) was up 2.40% or 0.040 points to 1.705 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Domino'S Pizza Enterprises Ltd (AX: DMP ), which lost 9.92% or 5.340 points to trade at 48.500 in late trade. Bellamys Australia Ltd (AX: BAL ) declined 8.88% or 1.255 points to end at 12.875 and Lynas Corporation Ltd (AX: LYC ) shed 4.67% or 0.105 points to 2.145.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 627 to 535 and 374 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 4.79% to 13.264.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.20% or 2.50 to $1256.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 0.45% or 0.33 to hit $73.81 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.61% or 0.48 to trade at $77.76 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.09% to 0.7378, while AUD/JPY rose 0.06% to 81.64.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.05% at 94.14.

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