Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.03%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.03%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Healthcare , Financials and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.03%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Bellamys Australia Ltd (AX: BAL ), which rose 5.41% or 0.295 points to trade at 5.745 at the close. Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd (AX: SIG ) added 3.99% or 0.033 points to end at 0.848 and Platinum Asset Management Ltd (AX: PTM ) was up 3.81% or 0.170 points to 4.630 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Independence Group NL (AX: IGO ), which lost 4.78% or 0.170 points to trade at 3.390 in late trade. Northern Star Resources Ltd (AX: NST ) declined 3.52% or 0.180 points to end at 4.940 and Iron Mountain Inc (AX: INM ) shed 3.14% or 1.45 points to 44.68.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 605 to 474 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 down 3.11% to 12.951.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.14% or 1.84 to $1291.36 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.50% or 0.23 to hit $45.95 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.67% or 0.32 to trade at $48.38 a barrel.

AUD/USD was unchanged 0.00% to 0.7550, while AUD/JPY fell 0.35% to 82.62.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 96.60.

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