Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.88% By

© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.88% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the gained 1.88%.

The best performers of the session on the were Ausdrill Ltd (AX:), which rose 7.37% or 0.080 points to trade at 1.165 at the close. Meanwhile, Bellamys Australia Ltd (AX:) added 6.46% or 0.440 points to end at 7.250 and Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (AX:) was up 6.06% or 0.710 points to 12.420 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Speedcast International Ltd (AX:), which fell 4.97% or 0.150 points to trade at 2.870 at the close. Healthscope (AX:) declined 1.38% or 0.030 points to end at 2.150 and Unibail Rodamco Westfield (AX:) was down 0.90% or 0.10 points to 10.97.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 751 to 252 and 338 ended unchanged.

Shares in Speedcast International Ltd (AX:) fell to 3-years lows; falling 4.97% or 0.150 to 2.870.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 5.90% to 18.585.

Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.13% or 1.60 to $1271.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 1.05% or 0.49 to hit $46.12 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 1.12% or 0.62 to trade at $54.67 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.21% to 0.7053, while AUD/JPY fell 0.33% to 78.44.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.17% at 96.415.

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