Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.99% By

Estimated read time 5 min read – 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 0.99% to hit a new all time high.

The best performers of the session on the were Mesoblast Ltd (ASX:), which rose 14.14% or 0.07 points to trade at 0.57 at the close. Meanwhile, Resolute Mining Ltd (ASX:) added 11.54% or 0.05 points to end at 0.44 and Omni Bridgeway Ltd (ASX:) was up 7.39% or 0.11 points to 1.52 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Zip Co Ltd (ASX:), which fell 6.67% or 0.10 points to trade at 1.40 at the close. EML Payments Ltd (ASX:) declined 3.54% or 0.05 points to end at 1.23 and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Ltd (ASX:) was down 3.04% or 0.74 points to 23.59.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 762 to 393 and 331 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 2.62% to 9.79 a new 3-months low.

Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.17% or 3.85 to $2,216.55 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.66% or 0.54 to hit $81.89 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.55% or 0.47 to trade at $85.88 a barrel.

AUD/USD was unchanged 0.06% to 0.65, while AUD/JPY fell 0.03% to 98.78.

The US Dollar Index Futures was unchanged 0.00% at 104.06.

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