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The S&P/ASX 200 is up 0.31 percent at the end of the trading day in Australia.

Stocks in Australia went up after the market closed on Thursday. This was due to gains in the A-REITs, healthcare, and Consumer Staples sectors.

In Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.31 percent.

The best performer on the S&P/ASX 200 was Blackmores Ltd (ASX: BKL), which rose 5.40 percent or 3.53 points to close at 68.84.In late trading, Perenti Global Ltd (ASX: PRN) rose 5.04 percent or 0.03 points to end at 0.63, while Goodman Group (ASX: GMG) rose 4.87 percent or 0.84 points to 18.09.

St Barbara Ltd (ASX:SBM), which fell 13.51 percent or 0.13 points to close at 0.80, did the worst of the day’s stocks. Pointsbet Holdings Ltd (ASX:PBH) fell 10.95%, or 0.30 points, to finish at $2.44, and Ramelius Resources Ltd (ASX:RMS) fell 8.72%, or 0.10 points, to $1.00.

On the Sydney Stock Exchange, there were 936 stocks that went down, 539 that went up, and 355 that stayed the same.

St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM) shares fell 13.51 percent, or 0.13, to $0.80, the lowest price in 5 years.Ramelius Resources Ltd (ASX: RMS) shares fell 8.72 percent, or 0.10 to 1.00, to 52-week lows.

The implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, as measured by the VIX, fell 4.03 percent to 19.39.

Gold futures for August delivery rose 0.06 percent, or $1.10, to $1,839.50 per ounce. Crude oil for delivery in August fell 1.83 percent, or $1.94, to $104.25 per barrel, and the August Brent oil contract fell 1.61 percent, or $1.80, to $109.94 per barrel.

The AUD/USD rate remained unchanged at 0.69, but the AUD/JPY rate fell 1.39 percent to 93.06.

The US Dollar Index futures were up 0.36 percent at 104.36.

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