Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.95%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.95%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Energy , Consumer Discretionary and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.95% to hit a new 6-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Eclipx Group Ltd (AX: ECX ), which rose 6.56% or 0.060 points to trade at 0.975 at the close. Appen Ltd (AX: APX ) added 5.31% or 1.260 points to end at 25.000 and Seven West Media Ltd (AX: SWM ) was up 4.55% or 0.025 points to 0.575 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX: GXY ), which lost 3.98% or 0.065 points to trade at 1.570 in late trade. Hub24 Ltd (AX: HUB ) declined 3.16% or 0.460 points to end at 14.100 and Orocobre Ltd (AX: ORE ) shed 2.67% or 0.090 points to 3.280.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 659 to 483 and 401 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 5.64% to 11.530.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.23% or 2.95 to $1274.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 0.87% or 0.57 to hit $66.12 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.73% or 0.54 to trade at $74.58 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.21% to 0.7118, while AUD/JPY fell 0.24% to 79.64.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 97.055.

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