Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.05%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.05%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Energy , Telecoms Services and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.05%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Whitehaven Coal Ltd (AX: WHC ), which rose 6.44% or 0.270 points to trade at 4.460 at the close. Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (AX: TWE ) added 3.33% or 0.540 points to end at 16.780 and Ardent Leisure Ltd (AX: ALG ) was up 3.23% or 0.040 points to 1.280 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX: GXY ), which lost 11.62% or 0.215 points to trade at 1.635 in late trade. Orocobre Ltd (AX: ORE ) declined 6.13% or 0.220 points to end at 3.370 and Australian Pharma Industries Ltd (AX: API ) shed 4.93% or 0.075 points to 1.445.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 577 to 554 and 390 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 1.87% to 10.914.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.29% or 3.65 to $1273.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.06% or 0.04 to hit $63.72 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.11% or 0.08 to trade at $71.54 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.10% to 0.7185, while AUD/JPY fell 0.01% to 80.42.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 96.650.

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