Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.60%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.60%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Consumer Staples , Healthcare and IT sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.60%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Mantra Group Ltd (AX: MTR ), which rose 5.49% or 0.145 points to trade at 2.785 at the close. Sirtex Medical Ltd (AX: SRX ) added 4.59% or 0.770 points to end at 17.560 and CSR Ltd (AX: CSR ) was up 4.36% or 0.190 points to 4.550 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Macquarie Atlas Roads Group (AX: MQA ), which lost 5.95% or 0.290 points to trade at 4.580 in late trade. Aconex Ltd (AX: ACX ) declined 4.37% or 0.160 points to end at 3.500 and Vocus Fpo (AX: VOC ) shed 3.63% or 0.160 points to 4.250.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 566 to 510 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 21.04% to 8.825 a new all time low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.50% or 6.05 to $1197.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.67% or 0.33 to hit $49.61 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.61% or 0.32 to trade at $52.51 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.17% to 0.7519, while AUD/JPY rose 0.51% to 86.72.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.10% at 101.88.

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