Aust stocks close slightly higher

Local market edges up after consumer sentiment drops, trade data misses forecasts.

The Australian sharemarket has edged up today as investors mull a weaker than forecast trade surplus, the outlook for iron ore prices and a drop in consumer sentiment.

At the 4.15pm (AEST) official market close, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index gained 19.2 points, or 0.35%, to 5,481.4, while the broader All Ordinaries index added 19.3 points, or 0.35%, to 5,462.7.


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