Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.45%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.45%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Telecoms Services , Consumer Discretionary and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.45%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Genworth Fp (AX: GMA ), which rose 8.26% or 0.190 points to trade at 2.490 at the close. Mesoblast Ltd (AX: MSB ) added 6.64% or 0.160 points to end at 2.570 and IPH Ltd (AX: IPH ) was up 6.53% or 0.400 points to 6.530 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Worleyparsons Ltd (AX: WOR ), which lost 3.93% or 0.220 points to trade at 5.380 in late trade. St Barbara Ltd (AX: SBM ) declined 3.38% or 0.070 points to end at 2.000 and OZ Minerals Ltd (AX: OZL ) shed 2.14% or 0.110 points to 5.030.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 594 to 335 and 301 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 4.07% to 16.327.

In commodities trading, Gold for June delivery was up 0.11% or 1.30 to $1229.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 1.15% or 0.44 to hit $37.88 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.90% or 0.36 to trade at $39.69 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.26% to 0.7651, while AUD/JPY fell 0.39% to 85.90.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.14% at 94.92.

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