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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.30%

Stock MarketsJul 20, 2015 08:00
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Investing.com – Australia equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the IT, Healthcare and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.30% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were APN News & Media Ltd (ASX:APN), which rose 6.52% or 0.045 points to trade at 0.735 at the close. Sandfire Resources NL (ASX:SFR) added 4.92% or 0.310 points to end at 6.610 and Bluescope Steel Ltd (ASX:BSL) was up 4.22% or 0.140 points to 3.460 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Evolution Mining Ltd (ASX:EVN), which lost 14.54% or 0.165 points to trade at 0.970 in late trade. Newcrest Mining Ltd (ASX:NCM) declined 10.08% or 1.330 points to end at 11.870 and Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX:NST) shed 9.61% or 0.220 points to 2.070.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 551 to 440 and 164 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 0.31% to 14.406 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was down 1.38% or 15.60 to $1116.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 0.11% or 0.06 to hit $51.16 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.24% or 0.14 to trade at $56.97 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.24% to 0.7390, while AUD/JPY rose 0.31% to 91.75.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.08% at 98.01.

Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.30%
 

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