Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.11% By

© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.11% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the rose 0.11%.

The best performers of the session on the were EML Payments Ltd (ASX:), which rose 31.27% or 0.86 points to trade at 3.61 at the close. Meanwhile, NRW Holdings Ltd (ASX:) added 8.44% or 0.14 points to end at 1.74 and Nickel Mines Ltd (ASX:) was up 7.22% or 0.095 points to 1.410 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were AMP Ltd (ASX:), which fell 5.00% or 0.055 points to trade at 1.045 at the close. Ltd (ASX:) declined 4.28% or 0.38 points to end at 8.49 and Bendigo And Adelaide Bank Ltd (ASX:) was down 3.37% or 0.30 points to 8.61.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 742 to 664 and 403 ended unchanged.

Shares in Ltd (ASX:) fell to 52-week lows; falling 4.28% or 0.38 to 8.49. Shares in Bendigo And Adelaide Bank Ltd (ASX:) fell to 52-week lows; losing 3.37% or 0.30 to 8.61.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 6.20% to 11.469.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.53% or 9.40 to $1793.70 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 0.13% or 0.10 to hit $78.29 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.02% or 0.02 to trade at $82.27 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.17% to 0.7207, while AUD/JPY rose 0.13% to 83.15.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.16% at 96.718.

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