Rio Tinto advanced 1.2%, whilst BHP rose 1.1% on yesterday’s record profit result.
Among the airlines, Virgin Blue rocketed almost 15% after forecasting an improved FY12.
Toll was another star performer (+8.6%) on the back of its reassuring FY11 profit result.
Elsewhere in the industrials space, Transfield plunged 22.3% following its FY12 guidance downgrade.
Woolworths also struggled badly (-5.6%) on the back of its subdued FY12 outlook.
The ASX 200 added 45 points (+1.1%), settling at 4213.