Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.26% –

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© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.26%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.26% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Australia, the rose 0.26%.

The best performers of the session on the were Austal Ltd (AX:), which rose 5.65% or 0.130 points to trade at 2.430 at the close. Meanwhile, Invocare Ltd (AX:) added 5.64% or 0.610 points to end at 11.430 and Mineral Resources Ltd (AX:) was up 5.60% or 0.260 points to 4.900 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Slater & Gordon Ltd (AX:), which fell 12.13% or 0.370 points to trade at 2.680 at the close. Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (AX:) declined 11.56% or 0.170 points to end at 1.300 and Primary Health Care Ltd (AX:) was down 7.50% or 0.270 points to 3.330.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Australia Stock Exchange by 511 to 434 and 142 ended unchanged.

Shares in Austal Ltd (AX:) rose to 3-years highs; rising 5.65% or 0.130 to 2.430.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 2.92% to 17.927.

Gold for December delivery was up 0.58% or 6.30 to $1084.20 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.43% or 0.18 to hit $41.90 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.05% or 0.02 to trade at $44.23 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.06% to 0.7198, while AUD/JPY rose 0.02% to 88.41.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.09% at 99.17.

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