Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.52%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.52%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Financials , Consumer Discretionary and Energy sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.52%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Worleyparsons Ltd (AX: WOR ), which rose 4.11% or 0.540 points to trade at 13.670 at the close. APN Outdoor Group Ltd (AX: APO ) added 4.09% or 0.185 points to end at 4.705 and A2 Milk Company Ltd (AX: A2M ) was up 3.48% or 0.180 points to 5.350 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Ltd (AX: FPH ), which lost 3.80% or 0.440 points to trade at 11.150 in late trade. St Barbara Ltd (AX: SBM ) declined 3.49% or 0.105 points to end at 2.905 and Resolute Mining Ltd (AX: RSG ) shed 2.97% or 0.035 points to 1.145.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 640 to 548 and 352 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 0.27% to 12.460.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.26% or 3.50 to $1321.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.14% or 0.07 to hit $50.51 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.14% or 0.08 to trade at $55.70 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.29% to 0.8027, while AUD/JPY rose 0.62% to 89.24.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 91.67.

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