Australian Indices Close Higher; S & P / ASX 200 Up 1.11% By Investing.com

© Reuters.  Australia stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 down 0.08%

© Reuters. Australian Indices Close Higher; S & P / ASX 200 up 1.11%

Investing.com – The Australian Stock Exchange closed higher on Friday; gains in, and sectors drove indices higher. At the close in Sydney, it was up 1.11% to hit a new 6-month high. The best performers of the session on the was News Corp B DRC (ASX :), which rose 13.19% or 3.31 points to trade at 28.41 at the close. Meanwhile, Zip Co Ltd (ASX :), advanced 7.96%, or 0.64 points, to close at 8.68, and Virgin Money PLC (ASX :), which rose 7.12%, or 0.19 points, until dismissing the session at 2.86. The worst performer of the session was Janus Henderson Group PLC DRC (ASX :), which fell 5.64% or 2.40 points to trade at 40.19 at the close. CSR Ltd (ASX 🙂 was down 2.94% or 0.170 points to close at 5,620 and South32 Ltd (ASX 🙂 was down 2.93% or 0.080 points to finish at 2,650. Rising shares outnumbered those that fell on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 807 to 571 and 328 ended unchanged. News Corp B DRC (ASX 🙂 shares rose to all-time highs; increasing 13.19% or 3.31 to 28.41. The, which measures the implied volatility of S & P / ASX 200 options, was down 0.26% to 14.721. Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.43% or 7.70 to $ 1,798.90 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in the commodity trade, crude oil for March delivery rose 0.53% or 0.30 to $ 56.53 a barrel, while April’s Brent oil contract was up 0.20% or 0.12 to trade at $ 59.12 a barrel. AUD / USD was up 0.06% to 0.7603, while AUD / JPY was up 0.03% to 80.22. US Dollar Index futures were down 0.03% to 91.523.

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