Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.48%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.48%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Gold , Metals & Mining and Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.48%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Nanosonics Ltd (AX: NAN ), which rose 7.14% or 0.210 points to trade at 3.150 at the close. Duet Group (AX: DUE ) added 5.78% or 0.160 points to end at 2.930 and Orocobre Ltd (AX: ORE ) was up 5.48% or 0.230 points to 4.430 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Primary Health Care Ltd (AX: PRY ), which lost 3.02% or 0.120 points to trade at 3.850 in late trade. Whitehaven Coal Ltd (AX: WHC ) declined 2.67% or 0.080 points to end at 2.920 and Independence Group NL (AX: IGO ) shed 2.64% or 0.110 points to 4.050.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 582 to 503 and 326 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 0.97% to 12.785.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was up 0.63% or 7.55 to $1203.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.25% or 0.13 to hit $52.50 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.29% or 0.16 to trade at $55.61 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.32% to 0.7476, while AUD/JPY fell 0.76% to 85.25.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.28% at 101.45.

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