Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.28%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.28%
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Investing.com – Australia equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the IT , Financials and Telecoms Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.28% to hit a new 3-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Altium Ltd (AX: ALU ), which rose 20.28% or 5.490 points to trade at 32.560 at the close. Ioof Holdings Ltd (AX: IFL ) added 16.42% or 0.870 points to end at 6.170 and Aveo Group (AX: AOG ) was up 5.18% or 0.100 points to 2.030 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Blackmores Ltd (AX: BKL ), which lost 24.85% or 30.70 points to trade at 92.86 in late trade. Emeco Holdings Ltd (AX: EHL ) declined 24.20% or 0.680 points to end at 2.130 and Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (AX: SAR ) shed 9.63% or 0.310 points to 2.910.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 619 to 527 and 341 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 0.82% to 12.630.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.38% or 5.05 to $1327.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.45% or 0.25 to hit $56.23 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.30% or 0.20 to trade at $66.30 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.20% to 0.7116, while AUD/JPY fell 0.18% to 78.72.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.00% at 96.738.

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