Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.04%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.04%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.04% – 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 0.04%.

The best performers of the session on the were Stockland Corporation Ltd (ASX:), which rose 4.76% or 0.220 points to trade at 4.840 at the close. Meanwhile, Inghams Group Ltd (ASX:) added 3.77% or 0.11 points to end at 3.03 and Iluka Resources Ltd (ASX:) was up 2.87% or 0.240 points to 8.590 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Wisetech Global Ltd (ASX:), which fell 12.33% or 3.700 points to trade at 26.300 at the close. Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (ASX:) declined 10.59% or 1.970 points to end at 16.630 and New Hope Corporation Ltd (ASX:) was down 6.93% or 0.160 points to 2.150.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 592 to 551 and 326 ended unchanged.

Shares in Stockland Corporation Ltd (ASX:) rose to 52-week highs; up 4.76% or 0.220 to 4.840.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 0.46% to 13.509.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.05% or 0.75 to $1494.85 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 0.02% or 0.01 to hit $53.88 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.07% or 0.04 to trade at $59.38 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.20% to 0.6868, while AUD/JPY rose 0.27% to 74.54.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 97.050.

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