Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.11%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.11%
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Investing.com – Australia equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Telecoms Services , Real Estate Investment and Energy sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.11%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Domain Holdings Australia Ltd (AX: DHG ), which rose 21.05% or 0.440 points to trade at 2.530 at the close. Lynas Corporation Ltd (AX: LYC ) added 11.89% or 0.195 points to end at 1.835 and Aveo Group (AX: AOG ) was up 10.11% or 0.180 points to 1.960 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Automotive Group Holdings Ltd (AX: AHG ), which lost 8.15% or 0.145 points to trade at 1.635 in late trade. Whitehaven Coal Ltd (AX: WHC ) declined 6.68% or 0.320 points to end at 4.470 and Elders Ltd (AX: ELD ) shed 5.24% or 0.320 points to 5.790.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 579 to 559 and 340 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 0.35% to 12.731.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.10% or 1.35 to $1315.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.37% or 0.20 to hit $54.61 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.42% or 0.27 to trade at $64.84 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.20% to 0.7091, while AUD/JPY fell 0.29% to 78.25.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 96.900.

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