CANBERRA: Australia stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Energy, Utilities and Resources sectors led shares higher. At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.04%. The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Nanosonics Ltd (AX:NAN), which rose 13.70% or 0.300 points to trade at 2.490 at the close. Meanwhile, Asaleo Care (AX:AHY) added 10.34% or 0.150 points to end at 1.600 and Platinum Asset Management Ltd (AX:PTM) was up 8.89% or 0.480 points to 5.880 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Automotive Group Holdings Ltd (AX:AHG), which fell 5.56% or 0.195 points to trade at 3.315 at the close. OZ Minerals Ltd (AX:OZL) declined 5.02% or 0.450 points to end at 8.520 and Mayne Pharma Group Ltd (AX:MYX) was down 4.58% or 0.033 points to 0.677. Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 630 to 536 and 372 ended unchanged. Shares in Platinum Asset Management Ltd (AX:PTM) rose to 52-week highs; up 8.89% or 0.480 to 5.880. Shares in Mayne Pharma Group Ltd (AX:MYX) fell to 52-week lows; falling 4.58% or 0.033 to 0.677.
The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 2.44% to 12.094 a new 1-month low. Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.02% or 0.31 to $1291.69 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 0.86% or 0.41 to hit $47.84 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 0.90% or 0.47 to trade at $52.51 a barrel. AUD/USD was unchanged 0.00% to 0.7904, while AUD/JPY rose 0.08% to 86.66. The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 93.26.