Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 7.00% By

© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 7.00% – 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 7.00%.

The best performers of the session on the were Mayne Pharma Group Ltd (ASX:), which rose 26.92% or 0.070 points to trade at 0.330 at the close. Meanwhile, Ansell Ltd (ASX:) added 25.08% or 5.82 points to end at 29.03 and Challenger Ltd (ASX:) was up 17.11% or 0.580 points to 3.970 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Perenti Global Ltd (ASX:), which fell 7.02% or 0.040 points to trade at 0.530 at the close. NRW Holdings Ltd (ASX:) declined 4.90% or 0.06 points to end at 1.17 and Afterpay Touch Group Ltd (ASX:) was down 3.66% or 0.70 points to 18.40.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 712 to 456 and 246 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 5.52% to 41.938.

Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.80% or 13.25 to $1640.85 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 3.63% or 0.78 to hit $20.73 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 3.94% or 1.10 to trade at $26.85 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.36% to 0.6143, while AUD/JPY fell 0.23% to 66.25.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.38% at 98.915.

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