Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.13%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.13%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Healthcare , Financials and Metals & Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.13%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX: GXY ), which rose 14.72% or 0.440 points to trade at 3.430 at the close. Retail Food Group Ltd (AX: RFG ) added 8.44% or 0.065 points to end at 0.835 and Lynas Corporation Ltd (AX: LYC ) was up 5.78% or 0.130 points to 2.380 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Corporate Travel Managment Ltd (AX: CTD ), which lost 5.65% or 1.450 points to trade at 24.230 in late trade. Altium Ltd (AX: ALU ) declined 4.86% or 1.040 points to end at 20.350 and TPG Telecom Ltd (AX: TPM ) shed 3.40% or 0.190 points to 5.400.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 612 to 605 and 415 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 6.97% to 11.479.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.48% or 6.30 to $1297.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 1.47% or 1.00 to hit $66.88 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.50% or 0.38 to trade at $75.70 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.15% to 0.7535, while AUD/JPY fell 0.45% to 82.21.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 94.29.

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