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The S& P/ASX 200 in Australia is up 0.70 percent at the closing of session.

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Australia’s stocks rose after the close on Thursday, led by advances in the information technology, gold, and healthcare sectors. The S& P/ASX 200 was up 0.70 percent at the close in Sydney.

Super Retail Group Ltd (ASX: SUL) was the best performer on the S&P/ASX 200, rising 7.75 percent or 0.89 points to close at 12.38. Meanwhile, Perenti Global Ltd (ASX: PRN) gained 7.41 percent or 0.060 points to close at 0.870, while Collins Foods Ltd (ASX: CKF) gained 6.93 percent or 0.83 points to close at 12.81.

Whitehaven Coal Ltd (ASX: WHC) was the session’s poorest performer, falling 6.96 percent or 0.250 points to close at 3.340. Star Entertainment Group Ltd (ASX: SGR) down 4.15 percent or 0.19 points to close at 4.39, while Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) fell 2.15 percent or 0.160 points to close at 7.270.

On the Sydney Stock Exchange, rising equities exceeded descending ones by 803 to 513, with 422 remaining unchanged. The S& P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures implied volatility of S& P/ASX 200 options, fell 5.73 percent to 14.581.

Gold futures for December settlement rose 0.30 percent, or 5.35 cents, to $1767.15 per troy ounce. In other commodities trading, crude oil for November delivery slid 1.92 percent or 1.49 cents to $75.94 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract declined 1.21 percent or 0.98 cents to $80.10 a barrel.

The AUD/USD pair gained 0.33 percent to 0.7296, while the AUD/JPY pair gained 0.19 percent to 81.18. The US Dollar Index Futures fell 0.12% to 94.157.

Story by : Norvisi Mawunyegah