Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.04%

© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.04%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.04% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the rose 0.04%.

The best performers of the session on the were Mineral Resources Ltd (AX:), which rose 5.47% or 0.835 points to trade at 16.105 at the close. Meanwhile, Wisetech Global Ltd (AX:) added 4.68% or 0.800 points to end at 17.890 and Western Areas Ltd (AX:) was up 3.40% or 0.120 points to 3.650 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Southern Cross Media Group Ltd (AX:), which fell 4.12% or 0.055 points to trade at 1.280 at the close. GWA Group Ltd (AX:) declined 3.74% or 0.130 points to end at 3.350 and Pilbara Minerals Ltd (AX:) was down 3.17% or 0.035 points to 1.070.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 669 to 496 and 375 ended unchanged.

Shares in Wisetech Global Ltd (AX:) rose to all time highs; gaining 4.68% or 0.800 to 17.890.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 7.65% to 11.918.

Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.06% or 0.80 to $1245.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.01% or 0.01 to hit $70.34 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.27% or 0.20 to trade at $74.25 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.09% to 0.7416, while AUD/JPY rose 0.17% to 83.49.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.11% at 94.67.

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