Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.81%

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At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.81%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Skycity Entertainment Group Ltd (ASX:SKC), which rose 7.36% or 0.17 points to trade at 2.48 at the close. Meanwhile, Credit Corp Group Ltd (ASX:CCP) added 6.17% or 1.14 points to end at 19.61 and Adelaide Brighton Ltd (ASX:ABC) was up 5.73% or 0.150 points to 2.770 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Spark Infrastructure Group (ASX:SKI), which fell 6.06% or 0.140 points to trade at 2.170 at the close. Perseus Mining Ltd (ASX:PRU) declined 3.42% or 0.050 points to end at 1.410 and Corporate Travel Managment Ltd (ASX:CTD) was down 3.32% or 0.54 points to 15.74.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sydney Stock Exchange by 696 to 562 and 371 ended unchanged.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 0.85% to 19.430.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.53% or 10.35 to $1934.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 0.29% or 0.12 to hit $41.39 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 0.36% or 0.16 to trade at $44.27 a barrel.

AUD/USD was down 0.48% to 0.7303, while AUD/JPY fell 0.37% to 77.61.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.20% at 93.023.