Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.05%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.05%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Gold , Utilities and Real Estate Investment sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.05% to hit a new 5-year high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (AX: SAR ), which rose 5.47% or 0.140 points to trade at 2.700 at the close. Nanosonics Ltd (AX: NAN ) added 4.81% or 0.220 points to end at 4.790 and IPH Ltd (AX: IPH ) was up 3.86% or 0.270 points to 7.270 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Flight Centre Ltd (AX: FLT ), which lost 11.70% or 5.170 points to trade at 39.000 in late trade. Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (AX: FMG ) declined 5.53% or 0.420 points to end at 7.180 and Worleyparsons Ltd (AX: WOR ) shed 4.49% or 0.680 points to 14.470.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 580 to 566 and 422 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 2.40% to 11.771.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.32% or 4.05 to $1283.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 0.46% or 0.30 to hit $64.91 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.24% or 0.18 to trade at $74.17 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.21% to 0.7028, while AUD/JPY rose 0.27% to 78.49.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.09% at 97.833.

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