Aust stocks close stronger

Local market gains on expectations of an upbeat US earnings season this week.

The Australian sharemarket rose today, following offshore markets higher as investors eye a strong performance from US companies reporting earnings, as well as Chinese GDP and the start of local resources production season.

At the 4.15pm (AEST) official market close, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was 24.6 points, or 0.45%, higher at 5,511.4 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index rose 21.2 points, or 0.39%, at 5,495.8 points.

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