Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.16%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.16%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Metals & Mining , Gold and Resources sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 1.16%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were HT&E Ltd (AX: HT1 ), which rose 13.14% or 0.205 points to trade at 1.765 at the close. Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ) added 7.91% or 0.085 points to end at 1.160 and Origin Energy Ltd (AX: ORG ) was up 6.98% or 0.580 points to 8.890 in late trade.

Biggest losers included IPH Ltd (AX: IPH ), which lost 19.92% or 1.020 points to trade at 4.100 in late trade. Domino'S Pizza Enterprises Ltd (AX: DMP ) declined 7.53% or 3.500 points to end at 43.000 and South32 Ltd (AX: S32 ) shed 5.41% or 0.200 points to 3.500.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 801 to 415 and 345 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 3.88% to 17.629.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.11% or 1.50 to $1356.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 1.16% or 0.70 to hit $61.30 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.87% or 0.56 to trade at $64.92 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.06% to 0.7932, while AUD/JPY fell 0.35% to 84.52.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.10% at 88.82.

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