Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.31%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.31%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.31% – 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 0.31%.

The best performers of the session on the were JB Hi-Fi Ltd (ASX:), which rose 6.77% or 2.310 points to trade at 36.450 at the close. Meanwhile, Star Entertainment Group Ltd (ASX:) added 5.38% or 0.240 points to end at 4.700 and Webjet Ltd (ASX:) was up 4.06% or 0.430 points to 11.030 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Wisetech Global Ltd (ASX:), which fell 6.83% or 1.950 points to trade at 26.580 at the close. Nearmap Ltd (ASX:) declined 5.05% or 0.150 points to end at 2.820 and Bravura Solutions Ltd (ASX:) was down 4.79% or 0.190 points to 3.780.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 582 to 569 and 323 ended unchanged.

Shares in JB Hi-Fi Ltd (ASX:) rose to all time highs; up 6.77% or 2.310 to 36.450.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 3.20% to 12.188 a new 1-month low.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.10% or 1.45 to $1494.25 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 0.55% or 0.31 to hit $55.66 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.29% or 0.18 to trade at $60.99 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.19% to 0.6840, while AUD/JPY fell 0.26% to 74.29.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.02% at 97.213.

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