Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.18%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.18%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Gold , IT and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.18% to hit a new 3-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Asaleo Care (AX: AHY ), which rose 5.52% or 0.080 points to trade at 1.530 at the close. Myer Holdings Ltd (AX: MYR ) added 4.70% or 0.035 points to end at 0.780 and Evolution Mining Ltd (AX: EVN ) was up 3.98% or 0.090 points to 2.350 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Independence Group NL (AX: IGO ), which lost 6.94% or 0.310 points to trade at 4.160 in late trade. Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX: GXY ) declined 6.49% or 0.240 points to end at 3.460 and Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (AX: FMG ) shed 3.56% or 0.180 points to 4.870.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 617 to 560 and 359 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 0.13% to 11.100.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.29% or 3.77 to $1282.77 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 0.13% or 0.07 to hit $52.11 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.12% or 0.07 to trade at $58.37 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.06% to 0.7708, while AUD/JPY fell 0.18% to 87.46.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 93.42.

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