Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.64%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.64%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Financials , IT and Energy sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.64%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Bendigo And Adelaide Bank Ltd (AX: BEN ), which rose 7.82% or 0.880 points to trade at 12.140 at the close. oOh!Media Ltd (AX: OML ) added 6.81% or 0.275 points to end at 4.315 and Vocus Group Ltd (AX: VOC ) was up 3.97% or 0.125 points to 3.275 in late trade.

Biggest losers included JB Hi-Fi Ltd (AX: JBH ), which lost 4.02% or 1.020 points to trade at 24.350 in late trade. Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ) declined 3.59% or 0.040 points to end at 1.075 and Ansell Ltd (AX: ANN ) shed 3.25% or 0.700 points to 20.850.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 592 to 539 and 359 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 13.73% to 15.203.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.21% or 2.77 to $1291.23 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 0.10% or 0.05 to hit $48.77 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 0.15% or 0.08 to trade at $52.02 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.08% to 0.7889, while AUD/JPY rose 0.32% to 86.47.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.12% at 93.10.

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