Aust stocks close at fresh six-year high

Local sharemarket climbs 0.6% in thin trade on buying on defensives, iron ore miners.

The Australian sharemarket has closed stronger in thin trade, printing a fresh six-year closing high as investors bought into defensive stocks and iron ore miners after a rise in the iron ore price.

At the 4.15pm (AEST) official market close, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index rose 34.5 points, or 0.62%, to 5,622.9 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index lifted 34.5 points, or 0.62%, to 5,615.1 points.


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