The sectors finished evenly split amongst winners and losers with telcos and property stocks leading the way higher. Conversely, IT and energy stocks were the worst performing.
The big four banks were mostly stronger with CBA (+0.8%) gaining the most ground of the group. NAB was the only one of the four to close in the red, losing 0.1%.
The major miners advanced despite a fall in commodity prices. BHP, Rio Tinto and Fortescue added 0.3%, 0.1% and 1.7% in that order.The ASX 200 put on two points (+0.1%) to settle at 4543.