Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.30%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.30%
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Investing.com – Australia equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Metals & Mining , Resources and Energy sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.30% to hit a new 3-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were GWA Group Ltd (AX: GWA ), which rose 5.38% or 0.200 points to trade at 3.920 at the close. Beach Energy Ltd (AX: BPT ) added 4.13% or 0.070 points to end at 1.765 and Healthscope (AX: HSO ) was up 4.05% or 0.100 points to 2.570 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Lynas Corporation Ltd (AX: LYC ), which lost 8.82% or 0.240 points to trade at 2.480 in late trade. News Corp B DRC (AX: NWS ) declined 5.96% or 1.340 points to end at 21.160 and Telstra Corporation Ltd. (AX: TLS ) shed 4.38% or 0.140 points to 3.060.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 618 to 609 and 382 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 4.05% to 10.888.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.01% or 0.10 to $1320.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 0.37% or 0.26 to hit $70.44 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 0.52% or 0.40 to trade at $76.72 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.09% to 0.7549, while AUD/JPY rose 0.07% to 82.56.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.16% at 92.29.

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