Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.30%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.30%
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Investing.com – Australia equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Financials , IT and Consumer Discretionary sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.30% to hit a new 52-week high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Mantra Group Ltd (AX: MTR ), which rose 12.26% or 0.320 points to trade at 2.930 at the close. Ardent Leisure Group (AX: AAD ) added 11.04% or 0.180 points to end at 1.810 and Aconex Ltd (AX: ACX ) was up 8.16% or 0.280 points to 3.710 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Myer Holdings Ltd (AX: MYR ), which lost 5.16% or 0.065 points to trade at 1.195 in late trade. Isentia Group Ltd (AX: ISD ) declined 3.31% or 0.050 points to end at 1.460 and Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ) shed 2.93% or 0.040 points to 1.325.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 615 to 454 and 343 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 2.98% to 12.271.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.18% or 2.25 to $1253.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.59% or 0.28 to hit $48.01 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.49% or 0.25 to trade at $51.15 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.08% to 0.7611, while AUD/JPY fell 0.12% to 84.19.

The US Dollar Index Futures was unchanged 0.00% at 99.03.

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