Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.46%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.46%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.46% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the added 0.46%.

The best performers of the session on the were Polynovo Ltd (ASX:), which rose 11.82% or 0.205 points to trade at 1.940 at the close. Meanwhile, Galaxy Resources Ltd (ASX:) added 9.88% or 0.085 points to end at 0.945 and Lynas Corporation Ltd (ASX:) was up 8.86% or 0.210 points to 2.580 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Silver Lake Resources Ltd (ASX:), which fell 9.20% or 0.115 points to trade at 1.135 at the close. Evolution Mining Ltd (ASX:) declined 7.83% or 0.300 points to end at 3.530 and Gold Road Resources Ltd (ASX:) was down 7.02% or 0.085 points to 1.125.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 667 to 448 and 315 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 7.98% to 11.858.

Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.10% or 1.45 to $1470.85 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.57% or 0.34 to hit $59.52 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.69% or 0.44 to trade at $64.64 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.24% to 0.6925, while AUD/JPY rose 0.51% to 75.89.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.58% at 96.822.

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