Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.45%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.45%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Metals & Mining , Telecoms Services and Gold sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.45%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (AX: FMG ), which rose 8.10% or 0.265 points to trade at 3.535 at the close. St Barbara Ltd (AX: SBM ) added 6.19% or 0.190 points to end at 3.260 and Orora Fpo (AX: ORA ) was up 5.81% or 0.150 points to 2.730 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Henderson Group PLC (AX: HGG ), which lost 14.69% or 0.655 points to trade at 3.805 in late trade. APN News & Media Ltd (AX: APN ) declined 10.65% or 0.475 points to end at 3.985 and CYBG PLC (AX: CYB ) shed 9.52% or 0.435 points to 4.135.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 546 to 535 and 320 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 3.52% to 22.889.

In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was up 0.70% or 9.25 to $1331.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 0.23% or 0.11 to hit $47.53 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.10% or 0.05 to trade at $49.09 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.74% to 0.7408, while AUD/JPY fell 1.27% to 75.33.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.58% at 96.18.

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