Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.71%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.71%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.71% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the added 0.71%.

The best performers of the session on the were Washington H Soul Pattinson&Co Ltd (ASX:), which rose 7.25% or 1.510 points to trade at 22.350 at the close. Meanwhile, Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd (ASX:) added 4.15% or 1.080 points to end at 27.100 and Wisetech Global Ltd (ASX:) was up 4.06% or 1.360 points to 34.860 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Speedcast International Ltd (ASX:), which fell 4.42% or 0.050 points to trade at 1.080 at the close. Mayne Pharma Group Ltd (ASX:) declined 3.45% or 0.020 points to end at 0.560 and CYBG PLC (ASX:) was down 2.49% or 0.050 points to 1.960.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 639 to 388 and 324 ended unchanged.

Shares in CYBG PLC (ASX:) fell to all time lows; falling 2.49% or 0.050 to 1.960.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 3.08% to 15.320.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.06% or 0.85 to $1512.05 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.13% or 0.07 to hit $52.88 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to trade at $58.37 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.21% to 0.6754, while AUD/JPY fell 0.27% to 72.19.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 98.532.

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