Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.00%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.00%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Telecoms Services , Healthcare and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.00%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Ardent Leisure Group (AX: AAD ), which rose 11.79% or 0.230 points to trade at 2.180 at the close. TPG Telecom Ltd (AX: TPM ) added 7.15% or 0.740 points to end at 11.090 and Australian Pharma Industries Ltd (AX: API ) was up 7.03% or 0.130 points to 1.980 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Slater & Gordon Ltd (AX: SGH ), which lost 5.26% or 0.015 points to trade at 0.270 in late trade. Independence Group NL (AX: IGO ) declined 4.38% or 0.140 points to end at 3.060 and Duluxgroup Ltd (AX: DLX ) shed 3.88% or 0.250 points to 6.200.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 478 to 416 and 316 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 4.47% to 13.964 a new 6-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold for April delivery was up 0.41% or 5.10 to $1249.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.07% or 0.03 to hit $41.55 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.02% or 0.01 to trade at $41.53 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.49% to 0.7616, while AUD/JPY rose 0.59% to 85.34.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.09% at 95.31.

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