Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.58%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.58%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.58% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the added 0.58%.

The best performers of the session on the were Speedcast International Ltd (ASX:), which rose 16.90% or 0.180 points to trade at 1.245 at the close. Meanwhile, Idp Education Ltd (ASX:) added 6.21% or 0.930 points to end at 15.910 and Mayne Pharma Group Ltd (ASX:) was up 4.17% or 0.020 points to 0.500 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Bingo Industries Ltd (ASX:), which fell 3.51% or 0.080 points to trade at 2.200 at the close. St Barbara Ltd (ASX:) declined 2.98% or 0.090 points to end at 2.930 and Saracen Mineral Holdings Ltd (ASX:) was down 2.81% or 0.100 points to 3.460.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 662 to 486 and 368 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 4.47% to 12.772.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.60% or 9.15 to $1506.05 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.44% or 0.25 to hit $56.16 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 0.83% or 0.52 to trade at $62.22 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.19% to 0.6761, while AUD/JPY rose 0.17% to 72.89.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.11% at 98.877.

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