FXOPEN:AUS200   Australia 200 Index (AUS200)
Australia stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the IT, Consumer Discretionary and Financials sectors led shares higher.
At the close in Sydney, the S&P / ASX 200 rose 1.10%.
The best performers of the session on the S&P / ASX 200 were Flight Centre Ltd (ASX:FLT), which rose 6.61% or 1.17 points to trade at 18.87 at the close. Meanwhile, Webjet Ltd (ASX:WEB) added 5.83% or 0.31 points to end at 5.63 and Qantas Airways Ltd (ASX:QAN) was up 5.79% or 0.27 points to 4.93 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Nickel Mines Ltd (ASX:NIC), which fell 13.17% or 0.19 points to trade at 1.22 at the close. Rio Tinto Ltd (ASX:RIO) declined 7.73% or 9.27 points to end at 110.61 and Beach Energy Ltd (ASX:BPT) was down 5.90% or 0.10 points to 1.60.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 857 to 547 and 380 ended unchanged.
The S&P / ASX 200 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of S&P / ASX 200 options, was up 1.91% to 17.12.
Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.14% or 2.70 to $1,985.50 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 2.37% or 2.58 to hit $111.28 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 3.51% or 3.90 to trade at $115.04 a barrel.

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