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 Friday, as gains in the Gold , Metals & Mining and Resources sectors propelled shares higher.

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

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Retail Food Group Ltd (AX: RFG ), which rose 6.98% or 0.150 points to trade at 2.300 at the close. Aveo Group (AX: AOG ) added 4.28% or 0.110 points to end at 2.680 and Mineral Resources Ltd (AX: MIN ) was up 2.59% or 0.520 points to 20.630 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sims Metal Management Ltd (AX: SGM ), which lost 2.42% or 0.390 points to trade at 15.700 in late trade. Altium Ltd (AX: ALU ) declined 2.32% or 0.320 points to end at 13.500 and Western Areas Ltd (AX: WSA ) shed 2.12% or 0.070 points to 3.230.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 663 to 500 and 383 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 1.44% to 10.064 a new 6-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.03% or 0.40 to $1270.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.27% or 0.16 to hit $58.20 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 0.20% or 0.13 to trade at $64.77 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.14% to 0.7713, while AUD/JPY rose 0.13% to 87.39.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.16% at 92.99.

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