Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.27%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.27%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Metals & Mining , Materials and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.27%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (AX: SAR ), which rose 5.69% or 0.080 points to trade at 1.485 at the close. OZ Minerals Ltd (AX: OZL ) added 4.93% or 0.280 points to end at 5.960 and Covermore Fpo (AX: CVO ) was up 4.29% or 0.058 points to 1.397 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Automotive Group Holdings Ltd (AX: AHG ), which lost 5.30% or 0.240 points to trade at 4.290 in late trade. Flight Centre Ltd (AX: FLT ) declined 4.29% or 1.560 points to end at 34.810 and APA Group (AX: APA ) shed 4.23% or 0.370 points to 8.380.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 570 to 488 and 332 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 down 3.78% to 16.267.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was down 0.08% or 1.05 to $1325.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 0.32% or 0.14 to hit $43.72 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.63% or 0.29 to trade at $46.14 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.03% to 0.7469, while AUD/JPY fell 0.13% to 76.42.

The US Dollar Index was unchanged 0.00% at 95.33.

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