Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.21%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.21%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Gold , Real Estate Investment and Consumer Staples sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.21%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were A2 Milk Company Ltd (AX: A2M ), which rose 6.27% or 0.245 points to trade at 4.155 at the close. Seven Group Holdings Ltd (AX: SVW ) added 6.27% or 0.715 points to end at 12.115 and St Barbara Ltd (AX: SBM ) was up 5.92% or 0.155 points to 2.775 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Bluescope Steel Ltd (AX: BSL ), which lost 3.80% or 0.520 points to trade at 13.180 in late trade. Independence Group NL (AX: IGO ) declined 3.15% or 0.100 points to end at 3.070 and IPH Ltd (AX: IPH ) shed 3.36% or 0.160 points to 4.600.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 635 to 501 and 348 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 2.88% to 12.068.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 1.12% or 13.98 to $1263.38 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 0.18% or 0.09 to hit $48.66 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.20% or 0.10 to trade at $50.87 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.52% to 0.8047, while AUD/JPY rose 0.39% to 89.35.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.05% at 93.24.

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