Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.68%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.68%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.68% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the rose 0.68%.

The best performers of the session on the were Resmed Inc DRC (ASX:), which rose 10.86% or 2.020 points to trade at 20.620 at the close. Meanwhile, Resolute Mining Ltd (ASX:) added 9.62% or 0.115 points to end at 1.310 and Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd (ASX:) was up 5.82% or 1.770 points to 32.170 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd (ASX:), which fell 13.15% or 0.280 points to trade at 1.850 at the close. GWA Group Ltd (ASX:) declined 3.86% or 0.120 points to end at 2.990 and Sandfire Resources NL (ASX:) was down 3.47% or 0.210 points to 5.850.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 625 to 495 and 334 ended unchanged.

Shares in Resmed Inc DRC (ASX:) rose to all time highs; up 10.86% or 2.020 to 20.620.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 5.93% to 11.465 a new 1-month low.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.25% or 3.75 to $1508.45 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 0.39% or 0.22 to hit $56.01 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.32% or 0.20 to trade at $61.47 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.13% to 0.6826, while AUD/JPY rose 0.18% to 74.17.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 97.433.

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