Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.15%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.15%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Gold , Telecoms Services and Metals & Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.15%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were BT Investment Management Ltd (AX: BTT ), which rose 7.66% or 0.680 points to trade at 9.560 at the close. Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ) added 5.20% or 0.085 points to end at 1.720 and Syrah Res F (AX: SYR ) was up 5.14% or 0.180 points to 3.680 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Independence Group NL (AX: IGO ), which lost 4.98% or 0.200 points to trade at 3.820 in late trade. Bellamys Australia Ltd (AX: BAL ) declined 4.39% or 0.550 points to end at 11.970 and Infigen Energy (AX: IFN ) shed 4.22% or 0.033 points to 0.738.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 542 to 524 and 281 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 1.39% to 13.910.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was up 0.99% or 12.35 to $1264.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 1.02% or 0.51 to hit $49.30 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.92% or 0.48 to trade at $51.45 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.12% to 0.7595, while AUD/JPY fell 0.15% to 78.16.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.10% at 96.62.

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