Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.37%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.37%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.37% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Tuesday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the rose 0.37%.

The best performers of the session on the were Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX:), which rose 8.77% or 0.025 points to trade at 0.310 at the close. Meanwhile, Blackmores Ltd (ASX:) added 7.59% or 6.62 points to end at 93.79 and Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd (ASX:) was up 5.40% or 0.230 points to 4.490 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Ioof Holdings Ltd (ASX:), which fell 2.73% or 0.21 points to trade at 7.49 at the close. Oil Search Ltd (ASX:) declined 2.53% or 0.170 points to end at 6.550 and Origin Energy Ltd (ASX:) was down 2.40% or 0.190 points to 7.720.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 629 to 531 and 349 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 3.00% to 15.397.

Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.44% or 6.90 to $1575.50 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 1.04% or 0.52 to hit $50.63 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.79% or 0.43 to trade at $54.88 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.49% to 0.6724, while AUD/JPY rose 0.70% to 73.22.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.05% at 97.672.

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