The Australian market extended its prior gains today, following a positive lead from the US overnight.
The clear majority of sectors finished in positive territory; the exceptions were financials and utilities.
The big four banks all closed underwater; CBA and NAB declined 0.3% and 0.4% respectively.
ANZ dropped 0.8% after announcing a 1H FY12 net profit of $2.92 billion, a 10% rise compared to the prior corresponding period.
The results were slightly lower than analysts’ expectations of a $2.96 billion profit.
The mining majors advanced on the back of mostly stronger commodity prices; BHP added 0.8%, whilst rival Rio Tinto climbed 0.9%.
Elsewhere in the sector, Aquila fell 3.4% after the Foreign Investment Review Board approved the sale of its 50% stake in the Isaac Plains coal mine.
The ASX 200 put on six (+0.1%) to close at 4436