Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.77%

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At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.77%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Monadelphous Group Ltd (ASX:MND), which rose 18.93% or 1.60 points to trade at 10.05 at the close. Meanwhile, Megaport Ltd (ASX:MP1) added 10.77% or 1.42 points to end at 14.61 and Cochlear Ltd (ASX:COH) was up 9.80% or 19.44 points to 217.74 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (ASX:TWE), which fell 14.26% or 1.760 points to trade at 10.580 at the close. Unibail Rodamco Westfield (ASX:URW) declined 7.67% or 0.28 points to end at 3.37 and Viva Energy Group Ltd (ASX:VEA) was down 6.09% or 0.110 points to 1.695.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 776 to 478 and 358 ended unchanged.

Shares in Unibail Rodamco Westfield (ASX:URW) fell to all time lows; losing 7.67% or 0.28 to 3.37.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 3.13% to 18.027.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.70% or 13.90 to $2012.60 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 0.70% or 0.30 to hit $42.59 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 0.55% or 0.25 to trade at $45.12 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.18% to 0.7227, while AUD/JPY fell 0.27% to 76.25.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.30% at 92.567.

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