At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.55%.
The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Beach Energy Ltd (AX:BPT), which rose 6.45% or 0.080 points to trade at 1.320 at the close. Meanwhile, Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd (AX:SIG) added 5.00% or 0.045 points to end at 0.945 and Mineral Resources Ltd (AX:MIN) was up 3.70% or 0.630 points to 17.680 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Newcrest Mining Ltd (AX:NCM), which fell 4.40% or 0.950 points to trade at 20.640 at the close. APN Outdoor Group Ltd (AX:APO) declined 3.81% or 0.170 points to end at 4.290 and Iluka Resources Ltd (AX:ILU) was down 3.70% or 0.420 points to 10.940.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 685 to 521 and 379 ended unchanged.
The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 1.71% to 13.286.
Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.02% or 0.20 to $1323.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.06% or 0.04 to hit $62.08 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.09% or 0.06 to trade at $65.55 a barrel.
AUD/USD was up 0.32% to 0.7873, while AUD/JPY rose 0.12% to 83.91.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.14% at 89.98.
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