Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.25%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.25%
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 gained 0.25%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (AX: FMG ), which rose 5.40% or 0.350 points to trade at 6.830 at the close. Nanosonics Ltd (AX: NAN ) added 4.08% or 0.170 points to end at 4.340 and Bravura Solutions Ltd (AX: BVS ) was up 3.44% or 0.190 points to 5.710 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Bingo Industries Ltd (AX: BIN ), which lost 4.91% or 0.080 points to trade at 1.550 in late trade. Hub24 Ltd (AX: HUB ) declined 4.86% or 0.690 points to end at 13.500 and Rea Group Ltd (AX: REA ) shed 4.38% or 3.480 points to 76.000.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 576 to 520 and 387 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 0.52% to 11.706.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.35% or 4.55 to $1298.35 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.27% or 0.16 to hit $58.66 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.04% or 0.03 to trade at $67.13 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.37% to 0.7114, while AUD/JPY rose 0.46% to 79.37.

The US Dollar Index Futures was unchanged 0.00% at 96.050.

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