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.