© Reuters. Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.50%

Investing.com – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the rose 0.50% to hit a new 5-year high.

The best performers of the session on the were Eclipx Group Ltd (ASX:), which rose 20.62% or 0.265 points to trade at 1.550 at the close. Meanwhile, oOh!Media Ltd (ASX:) added 8.95% or 0.350 points to end at 4.260 and Lynas Corporation Ltd (ASX:) was up 4.91% or 0.130 points to 2.780 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Speedcast International Ltd (ASX:), which fell 4.76% or 0.090 points to trade at 1.800 at the close. Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (ASX:) declined 4.46% or 0.410 points to end at 8.790 and Cooper Energy Ltd (ASX:) was down 2.73% or 0.015 points to 0.535.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 711 to 472 and 346 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 2.50% to 10.275 a new 6-months low.

Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.34% or 4.85 to $1416.05 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 1.19% or 0.68 to hit $56.66 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.11% or 0.07 to trade at $63.23 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.06% to 0.7015, while AUD/JPY rose 0.09% to 75.73.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.09% at 96.415.

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