Aust stocks open higher

Local market begins stronger as US stocks soar on eased Ukraine fears.

The Australian stockmarket opened more than three-quarters of a per cent higher following strong gains on international markets after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would send troops into Ukraine only as "a last resort".

At the 1015 AEDT official market open, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index rose 0.76% to 5,441.1 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index added 0.75% to 5,452.2 points.


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