Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.02%

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© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.02%© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.02% – 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 0.02%.

The best performers of the session on the were Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX:), which rose 10.71% or 0.030 points to trade at 0.310 at the close. Meanwhile, Galaxy Resources Ltd (ASX:) added 6.59% or 0.055 points to end at 0.890 and Orocobre Ltd (ASX:) was up 5.63% or 0.130 points to 2.440 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Sims Metal Management Ltd (ASX:), which fell 8.82% or 0.890 points to trade at 9.200 at the close. Gold Road Resources Ltd (ASX:) declined 3.81% or 0.045 points to end at 1.135 and Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd (ASX:) was down 3.78% or 0.070 points to 1.780.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 580 to 566 and 366 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 0.69% to 11.386 a new 3-months low.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.22% or 3.35 to $1508.65 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 0.18% or 0.10 to hit $56.56 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.64% or 0.40 to trade at $61.62 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.10% to 0.6815, while AUD/JPY rose 0.05% to 74.09.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.00% at 97.595.

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