Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.12%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.12%
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Investing.com – Australia equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Gold , Metals & Mining and Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.12%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Mayne Pharma Group Ltd (AX: MYX ), which rose 6.80% or 0.050 points to trade at 0.785 at the close. Evolution Mining Ltd (AX: EVN ) added 6.64% or 0.170 points to end at 2.730 and Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ) was up 5.86% or 0.065 points to 1.175 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nextdc Ltd (AX: NXT ), which lost 4.03% or 0.240 points to trade at 5.720 in late trade. Fairfax Media Ltd (AX: FXJ ) declined 2.68% or 0.020 points to end at 0.725 and Macquarie Atlas Roads Group (AX: MQA ) shed 2.23% or 0.130 points to 5.700.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 715 to 579 and 382 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 4.37% to 11.117.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.64% or 8.50 to $1343.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.22% or 0.14 to hit $64.44 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.01% or 0.01 to trade at $69.88 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.38% to 0.7947, while AUD/JPY rose 0.08% to 88.00.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.13% at 90.50.

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