Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.75% By

© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.75% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the added 1.75%.

The best performers of the session on the were Virgin Money PLC (ASX:), which rose 9.52% or 0.20 points to trade at 2.30 at the close. Meanwhile, Domino’S Pizza Enterprises Ltd (ASX:) added 7.60% or 4.03 points to end at 57.05 and Janus Henderson Group PLC DRC (ASX:) was up 6.09% or 1.93 points to 33.62 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Westgold Resources Ltd (ASX:), which fell 6.43% or 0.06 points to trade at 0.80 at the close. Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX:) declined 5.06% or 0.25 points to end at 4.69 and Appen Ltd (ASX:) was down 4.68% or 0.13 points to 2.65.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 767 to 487 and 394 ended unchanged.

Shares in Appen Ltd (ASX:) fell to 5-year lows; down 4.68% or 0.13 to 2.65.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 4.14% to 18.68.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.27% or 4.45 to $1,672.55 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.50% or 0.45 to hit $89.56 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.42% or 0.40 to trade at $94.97 a barrel.

AUD/USD was unchanged 0.36% to 0.63, while AUD/JPY rose 0.60% to 93.25.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.23% at 112.51.

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