Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.72%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.72%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.72% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the gained 0.72% to hit a new 3-months high.

The best performers of the session on the were Speedcast International Ltd (ASX:), which rose 11.29% or 0.105 points to trade at 1.035 at the close. Meanwhile, Domain Holdings Australia Ltd (ASX:) added 5.13% or 0.160 points to end at 3.280 and Appen Ltd (ASX:) was up 5.02% or 1.040 points to 21.740 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (ASX:), which fell 4.59% or 0.440 points to trade at 9.140 at the close. Perenti Global Ltd (ASX:) declined 3.41% or 0.070 points to end at 1.980 and Western Areas Ltd (ASX:) was down 3.16% or 0.100 points to 3.060.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 644 to 527 and 338 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 0.78% to 10.677 a new 3-months low.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.06% or 0.95 to $1463.85 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 1.05% or 0.60 to hit $56.64 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 1.07% or 0.67 to trade at $61.84 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.12% to 0.6851, while AUD/JPY fell 0.29% to 74.65.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 98.167.

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