Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.51%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.51%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Energy , Gold and Telecoms Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.51%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Nextdc Ltd (AX: NXT ), which rose 9.76% or 0.560 points to trade at 6.300 at the close. James Hardie Industries PLC (AX: JHX ) added 6.77% or 1.500 points to end at 23.650 and Santos Ltd (AX: STO ) was up 5.49% or 0.280 points to 5.380 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Asaleo Care (AX: AHY ), which lost 6.17% or 0.100 points to trade at 1.520 in late trade. Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX: GXY ) declined 5.60% or 0.190 points to end at 3.200 and Syrah Resources Ltd (AX: SYR ) shed 4.34% or 0.170 points to 3.750.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 641 to 609 and 350 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 3.52% to 12.049.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.19% or 2.60 to $1350.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.47% or 0.31 to hit $66.11 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.27% or 0.19 to trade at $69.84 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.45% to 0.8004, while AUD/JPY fell 0.23% to 87.77.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.12% at 88.59.

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