Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.06%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.06%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Gold , Energy and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.06%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were G8 Education Ltd (AX: GEM ), which rose 11.62% or 0.280 points to trade at 2.690 at the close. Appen Ltd (AX: APX ) added 11.55% or 1.290 points to end at 12.460 and Elders Ltd (AX: ELD ) was up 5.53% or 0.390 points to 7.440 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Syrah Resources Ltd (AX: SYR ), which lost 5.31% or 0.095 points to trade at 1.695 in late trade. Aveo Group (AX: AOG ) declined 4.41% or 0.075 points to end at 1.625 and Incitec Pivot Ltd (AX: IPL ) shed 4.19% or 0.170 points to 3.890.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 618 to 530 and 345 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 0.76% to 17.376.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.14% or 1.70 to $1211.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 0.34% or 0.19 to hit $56.06 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 0.14% or 0.09 to trade at $66.03 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.58% to 0.7273, while AUD/JPY rose 0.47% to 82.56.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.13% at 96.73.

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