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Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.15%

Australia stocks were higher after the close on Tuesday, as gains in theIndustrials, IT and Healthcare sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.15%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Slater & Gordon Ltd (AX:SGH), which rose 9.50% or 0.085 points to trade at 0.980 at the close. Meanwhile,Austal Ltd (AX:ASB) added 6.44% or 0.095 points to end at 1.570 and Flight Centre Ltd (AX:FLT) was up 5.08% or 1.880 points to 38.880 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Cardno Ltd (AX:CDD), which fell 4.81% or 0.065 points to trade at 1.285 at the close. Karoon Gas Australia Ltd (AX:KAR) declined 4.52% or 0.075 points to end at 1.585 and M Pharma Fp (AX:MYX) was down 4.15% or 0.060 points to 1.385.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Australia Stock Exchange by 580 to 429 and 148 ended unchanged.

Shares in Cardno Ltd (AX:CDD) fell to 5-year lows; down 4.81% or 0.065 to 1.285.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 5.97% to 16.803 a new 3-months low.

Gold for February delivery was down 0.17% or 1.80 to $1078.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.68% or 0.24 to hit $36.05 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.72% or 0.26 to trade at $36.48 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.43% to 0.7222, while AUD/JPY rose 0.43% to 87.52.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.01% at 98.44.

Last modified on Tuesday, 22 December 2015

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