Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.77%

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Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.77% © Reuters Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.77%

Investing.com – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the added 0.77%.

The best performers of the session on the were Altium Ltd (ASX:), which rose 28.91% or 14.82 points to trade at 66.08 at the close. Meanwhile, Appen Ltd (ASX:) added 10.17% or 0.03 points to end at 0.33 and Mesoblast Ltd (ASX:) was up 9.09% or 0.03 points to 0.30 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Pro Medicus Ltd (ASX:), which fell 13.15% or 14.21 points to trade at 93.88 at the close. Idp Education Ltd (ASX:) declined 8.58% or 1.88 points to end at 20.04 and Whitehaven Coal Ltd (ASX:) was down 5.86% or 0.44 points to 7.07.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 620 to 561 and 333 ended unchanged.

Shares in Altium Ltd (ASX:) rose to all time highs; rising 28.91% or 14.82 to 66.08.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 3.13% to 11.50.

Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.01% or 0.25 to $2,004.05 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 0.43% or 0.33 to hit $76.31 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.38% or 0.31 to trade at $81.29 a barrel.

AUD/USD was unchanged 0.01% to 0.65, while AUD/JPY fell 0.40% to 97.39.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.05% at 104.56.

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