Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.09%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.09%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.09% – 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 0.09%.

The best performers of the session on the were New Hope Corporation Ltd (ASX:), which rose 6.57% or 0.140 points to trade at 2.270 at the close. Meanwhile, Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX:) added 6.15% or 0.020 points to end at 0.345 and CSR Ltd (ASX:) was up 4.59% or 0.190 points to 4.330 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Jumbo Interactive Ltd (ASX:), which fell 7.97% or 1.770 points to trade at 20.440 at the close. Pro Medicus Ltd (ASX:) declined 7.58% or 2.020 points to end at 24.640 and Costa Group Holdings Ltd (ASX:) was down 5.26% or 0.150 points to 2.700.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 573 to 558 and 343 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 6.56% to 11.314 a new 3-months low.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.14% or 2.05 to $1512.75 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 0.26% or 0.14 to hit $54.32 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.02% or 0.01 to trade at $59.63 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.21% to 0.6907, while AUD/JPY rose 0.15% to 74.58.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.14% at 97.018.

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