Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.50% By

© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 1.50% – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the gained 1.50%.

The best performers of the session on the were Domain Holdings Australia Ltd (ASX:), which rose 18.60% or 0.40 points to trade at 2.55 at the close. Meanwhile, AP Eagers Ltd (ASX:) added 12.18% or 0.43 points to end at 3.96 and NRW Holdings Ltd (ASX:) was up 9.69% or 0.15 points to 1.75 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Westpac Banking Corp (ASX:), which fell 4.17% or 0.640 points to trade at 14.690 at the close. Southern Cross Media Group Ltd (ASX:) declined 3.85% or 0.005 points to end at 0.125 and New Hope Corporation Ltd (ASX:) was down 3.72% or 0.055 points to 1.425.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 799 to 382 and 324 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 12.33% to 30.604.

Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.06% or 1.10 to $1734.50 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 13.87% or 2.35 to hit $14.59 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 5.36% or 1.33 to trade at $23.48 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 1.12% to 0.6456, while AUD/JPY rose 0.77% to 69.19.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.42% at 100.017.

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