Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.30%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.30%
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Investing.com – Australia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Healthcare , Financials and IT sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.30%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Bingo Industries Ltd (AX: BIN ), which rose 15.17% or 0.220 points to trade at 1.670 at the close. Automotive Group Holdings Ltd (AX: AHG ) added 9.00% or 0.190 points to end at 2.300 and Ramsay Health Care Ltd (AX: RHC ) was up 5.90% or 3.610 points to 64.780 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Inghams Group Ltd (AX: ING ), which lost 8.18% or 0.36 points to trade at 4.04 in late trade. National Storage REIT (AX: NSR ) declined 6.13% or 0.115 points to end at 1.760 and Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (AX: FMG ) shed 5.48% or 0.350 points to 6.040.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 602 to 551 and 349 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 up 2.72% to 11.914.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.11% or 1.45 to $1319.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.25% or 0.14 to hit $56.80 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.41% or 0.27 to trade at $66.31 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.05% to 0.7141, while AUD/JPY fell 0.12% to 79.14.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 95.995.

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