Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.55%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.55%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Resources , Metals & Mining and Energy sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.55%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Cimic Group Ltd (AX: CIM ), which rose 5.70% or 2.290 points to trade at 42.470 at the close. Mayne Pharma Group Ltd (AX: MYX ) added 5.49% or 0.045 points to end at 0.865 and A2 Milk Company Ltd (AX: A2M ) was up 4.53% or 0.450 points to 10.390 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Orocobre Ltd (AX: ORE ), which lost 6.40% or 0.370 points to trade at 5.410 in late trade. Retail Food Group Ltd (AX: RFG ) declined 4.93% or 0.035 points to end at 0.675 and Carsales.Com Ltd (AX: CAR ) shed 2.72% or 0.400 points to 14.280.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 628 to 573 and 420 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 6.96% to 10.544.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.02% or 0.30 to $1301.10 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.59% or 0.38 to hit $65.11 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.69% or 0.52 to trade at $75.88 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.16% to 0.7657, while AUD/JPY fell 0.34% to 84.20.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.16% at 93.46.

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