Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.08%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.08%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Gold , Healthcare and Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.08%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Eclipx Group Ltd (ASX: ECX ), which rose 29.48% or 0.255 points to trade at 1.120 at the close. Lynas Corporation Ltd (ASX: LYC ) added 11.31% or 0.310 points to end at 3.050 and Evolution Mining Ltd (ASX: EVN ) was up 5.45% or 0.200 points to 3.870 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Link Administration Holdings Ltd (ASX: LNK ), which lost 23.07% or 1.790 points to trade at 5.970 in late trade. Appen Ltd (ASX: APX ) declined 6.64% or 1.850 points to end at 26.030 and St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM ) shed 5.88% or 0.160 points to 2.560.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 617 to 562 and 390 ended unchanged on the Sydney Stock Exchange.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 0.52% to 14.914 a new 3-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.43% or 5.50 to $1292.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 1.27% or 0.72 to hit $55.87 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 1.36% or 0.89 to trade at $64.44 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.03% to 0.6913, while AUD/JPY fell 0.57% to 75.31.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 98.018.

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