Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.82%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.82%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Metals & Mining , Resources and Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.82% to hit a new 52-week high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were BT Investment Management Ltd (AX: BTT ), which rose 5.92% or 0.600 points to trade at 10.740 at the close. BHP Billiton Ltd (AX: BHP ) added 4.80% or 1.180 points to end at 25.770 and Worleyparsons Ltd (AX: WOR ) was up 4.62% or 0.510 points to 11.550 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Orocobre Ltd (AX: ORE ), which lost 4.23% or 0.130 points to trade at 2.940 in late trade. Syrah Res F (AX: SYR ) declined 2.17% or 0.060 points to end at 2.710 and Infigen Energy (AX: IFN ) shed 2.13% or 0.023 points to 1.032.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 598 to 512 and 357 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 1.15% to 12.052.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.13% or 1.65 to $1255.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.44% or 0.23 to hit $52.47 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.36% or 0.20 to trade at $55.44 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.09% to 0.7489, while AUD/JPY rose 0.23% to 83.47.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 101.10.

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