Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.24%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.24%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Real Estate Investment , Consumer Discretionary and Telecoms Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.24%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Ansell Ltd (AX: ANN ), which rose 18.15% or 3.570 points to trade at 23.240 at the close. Mesoblast Ltd (AX: MSB ) added 12.38% or 0.200 points to end at 1.815 and JB Hi-Fi Ltd (AX: JBH ) was up 9.86% or 2.700 points to 30.080 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Aurizon Holdings Ltd (AX: AZJ ), which lost 6.20% or 0.310 points to trade at 4.690 in late trade. Sandfire Resources NL (AX: SFR ) declined 5.90% or 0.340 points to end at 5.420 and Western Areas Ltd (AX: WSA ) shed 4.28% or 0.125 points to 2.795.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 569 to 494 and 365 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 1.61% to 12.612.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was up 0.12% or 1.60 to $1344.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.90% or 0.40 to hit $44.89 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 0.72% or 0.34 to trade at $47.31 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.16% to 0.7658, while AUD/JPY rose 0.17% to 77.55.

The US Dollar Index was unchanged 0.00% at 95.68.

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