Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.27%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.27%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.27% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the rose 0.27%.

The best performers of the session on the were NRW Holdings Ltd (ASX:), which rose 13.33% or 0.300 points to trade at 2.550 at the close. Meanwhile, Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX:) added 10.14% or 0.035 points to end at 0.380 and Galaxy Resources Ltd (ASX:) was up 9.74% or 0.095 points to 1.070 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Costa Group Holdings Ltd (ASX:), which fell 2.59% or 0.070 points to trade at 2.630 at the close. National Australia Bank Ltd (ASX:) declined 2.53% or 0.720 points to end at 27.690 and JB Hi-Fi Ltd (ASX:) was down 2.18% or 0.800 points to 35.830.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 670 to 505 and 330 ended unchanged.

Shares in Costa Group Holdings Ltd (ASX:) fell to 3-years lows; losing 2.59% or 0.070 to 2.630.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 0.76% to 11.400.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.17% or 2.55 to $1513.95 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 0.52% or 0.29 to hit $55.91 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 0.52% or 0.32 to trade at $61.37 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.12% to 0.6922, while AUD/JPY rose 0.29% to 74.94.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 97.015.

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