Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.90% By

© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.90% – 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 0.90% to hit a new 5-year high.

The best performers of the session on the were St Barbara Ltd (AX:), which rose 7.53% or 0.360 points to trade at 5.140 at the close. Meanwhile, Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd (AX:) added 4.08% or 0.10 points to end at 2.55 and Galaxy Resources Ltd (AX:) was up 4.00% or 0.120 points to 3.120 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Inghams Group Ltd (AX:), which fell 3.29% or 0.13 points to trade at 3.82 at the close. Appen Ltd (AX:) declined 2.60% or 0.340 points to end at 12.720 and Automotive Group Holdings Ltd (AX:) was down 2.12% or 0.055 points to 2.545.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 638 to 470 and 377 ended unchanged.

Shares in St Barbara Ltd (AX:) rose to 5-year highs; rising 7.53% or 0.360 to 5.140. Shares in Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd (AX:) rose to all time highs; gaining 4.08% or 0.10 to 2.55. Shares in Automotive Group Holdings Ltd (AX:) fell to 5-year lows; falling 2.12% or 0.055 to 2.545.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 5.27% to 12.540.

Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.20% or 2.50 to $1256.30 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.32% or 0.23 to hit $73.17 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.08% or 0.06 to trade at $77.45 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.23% to 0.7405, while AUD/JPY rose 0.34% to 82.01.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 94.10.

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