Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.38%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.38%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Financials , IT and Energy sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.38% to hit a new 52-week high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Costa Group Holdings Ltd (AX: CGC ), which rose 7.19% or 0.315 points to trade at 4.695 at the close. BT Investment Management Ltd (AX: BTT ) added 3.86% or 0.415 points to end at 11.175 and Aurizon Holdings Ltd (AX: AZJ ) was up 3.42% or 0.180 points to 5.440 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Asaleo Care (AX: AHY ), which lost 7.87% or 0.140 points to trade at 1.640 in late trade. Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX: GXY ) declined 4.84% or 0.023 points to end at 0.443 and Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (AX: SAR ) shed 4.42% or 0.048 points to 1.028.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 545 to 517 and 399 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 5.03% to 12.702 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.33% or 4.10 to $1258.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.26% or 0.14 to hit $52.94 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.20% or 0.11 to trade at $55.87 a barrel.

AUD/USD was unchanged 0.00% to 0.7501, while AUD/JPY fell 0.23% to 83.03.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 100.97.

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