Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.05% By

© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.05% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the added 0.05%.

The best performers of the session on the were Whitehaven Coal Ltd (AX:), which rose 6.44% or 0.270 points to trade at 4.460 at the close. Meanwhile, Ardent Leisure Ltd (AX:) added 3.23% or 0.040 points to end at 1.280 and Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (AX:) was up 3.14% or 0.51 points to 16.750 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX:), which fell 11.62% or 0.215 points to trade at 1.635 at the close. Orocobre Ltd (AX:) declined 6.13% or 0.220 points to end at 3.370 and Australian Pharma Industries Ltd (AX:) was down 4.93% or 0.075 points to 1.445.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 0 to 0.

Shares in Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX:) fell to 52-week lows; falling 11.62% or 0.215 to 1.635.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 1.87% to 10.914.

Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.25% or 3.25 to $1279.25 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 2.20% or 1.41 to hit $65.48 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 2.32% or 1.67 to trade at $73.64 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.19% to 0.7138, while AUD/JPY fell 0.03% to 79.88.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 97.037.

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