Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.75%

© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.75%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.75%

Investing.com – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Australia, the gained 0.75%.

The best performers of the session on the were Tassal Group Ltd (AX:), which rose 4.66% or 0.210 points to trade at 4.720 at the close. Meanwhile, Asaleo Care (AX:) added 4.38% or 0.060 points to end at 1.430 and Spark New Zealand Ltd (AX:) was up 4.19% or 0.140 points to 3.480 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Evolution Mining Ltd (AX:), which fell 7.05% or 0.160 points to trade at 2.110 at the close. Technology One Ltd (AX:) declined 6.52% or 0.360 points to end at 5.160 and Northern Star Resources Ltd (AX:) was down 4.81% or 0.190 points to 3.760.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Australia Stock Exchange by 646 to 431 and 330 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 3.93% to 12.410.

Gold for February delivery was down 0.56% or 6.65 to $ 1183.15 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.04% or 0.02 to hit $ 53.80 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.07% or 0.04 to trade at $ 56.20 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.08% to 0.7530, while AUD/JPY rose 0.31% to 86.58.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.15% at 100.67.

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