Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.40%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.40%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.40% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the gained 0.40%.

The best performers of the session on the were Silver Lake Resources Ltd (ASX:), which rose 7.29% or 0.090 points to trade at 1.325 at the close. Meanwhile, Jumbo Interactive Ltd (ASX:) added 5.57% or 0.820 points to end at 15.550 and Gold Road Resources Ltd (ASX:) was up 5.02% or 0.060 points to 1.255 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were AusNet Services Ltd (ASX:), which fell 1.98% or 0.035 points to trade at 1.730 at the close. GWA Group Ltd (ASX:) declined 1.73% or 0.060 points to end at 3.400 and Beach Energy Ltd (ASX:) was down 1.15% or 0.030 points to 2.570.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 694 to 385 and 312 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 2.24% to 10.954.

Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.08% or 1.25 to $1513.15 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.23% or 0.14 to hit $61.82 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.15% or 0.10 to trade at $68.02 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.08% to 0.6950, while AUD/JPY fell 0.04% to 76.11.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 97.045.

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