Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.02%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.02%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Financials , Healthcare and Energy sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 1.02%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Orocobre Ltd (AX: ORE ), which rose 5.63% or 0.170 points to trade at 3.190 at the close. Emeco Holdings Ltd (AX: EHL ) added 5.00% or 0.100 points to end at 2.100 and Bega Cheese Ltd (AX: BGA ) was up 3.52% or 0.170 points to 5.000 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Bravura Solutions Ltd (AX: BVS ), which lost 2.58% or 0.100 points to trade at 3.780 in late trade. APA Group (AX: APA ) declined 2.52% or 0.220 points to end at 8.500 and Stockland Corporation Ltd (AX: SGP ) shed 2.43% or 0.090 points to 3.610.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 611 to 412 and 282 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 2.67% to 18.089.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.02% or 0.25 to $1280.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 2.38% or 1.06 to hit $45.67 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 1.97% or 1.04 to trade at $53.77 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.20% to 0.7046, while AUD/JPY fell 0.13% to 77.97.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 95.942.

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