Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.20%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.20%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Gold , IT and Metals & Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.20%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Lynas Corporation Ltd (AX: LYC ), which rose 9.23% or 0.150 points to trade at 1.775 at the close. Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ) added 8.82% or 0.090 points to end at 1.110 and St Barbara Ltd (AX: SBM ) was up 8.04% or 0.300 points to 4.030 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Fairfax Media Ltd (AX: FXJ ), which lost 13.55% or 0.105 points to trade at 0.670 in late trade. Domain Holdings Australia Ltd (AX: DHG ) declined 13.44% or 0.430 points to end at 2.770 and Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd (AX: NEC ) shed 12.38% or 0.26 points to 1.84.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 652 to 512 and 343 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 down 6.50% to 20.369.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.42% or 5.20 to $1222.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.97% or 0.69 to hit $71.66 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 1.08% or 0.87 to trade at $81.13 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.07% to 0.7119, while AUD/JPY rose 0.14% to 80.02.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 94.75.

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