Mining stocks have lifted the share market to a higher close, as China's latest trade figures pointed to strong global demand.
The All Ordinaries added 14 points to 5,138 and the ASX 200 gained the same amount to 5,123.
The major miners started the day strong and remained buoyant through the session.
Rio Tinto rose by 1.8 per cent to $64.36 and BHP Billiton put on 0.75 per cent to $36.09.
That came as official figures painted a mixed picture of China's economy last month.
Exports soared by nearly 22 per cent in February compared with the year before.
That was much more than expected, and suggests global demand is improving.
But imports dropped more than 15 per cent, with imports of iron ore tumbling as factories closed for the Chinese New Year holidays.
The big banks closed mostly higher, but Westpac slipped four cents to $31.25.
Shares in Virgin Australia edged down slightly after the to buy 60 per cent of Tiger Airways Australia.
The competition watchdog is seeking more information from both Virgin and Tiger.
The ruling was due next week and a new date is yet to be decided.
Qantas shares rose by more than 2 per cent.
Meanwhile there are in boardrooms.
The report from the ASX and KPMG looked at 600 listed companies and found there is still only one woman for every six men in the country's top 200 boardrooms.
Around 5.30pm (AEDT) spot gold was slightly down at $US1,578 an ounce, West Texas crude oil was slightly higher at $US91.55 a barrel and tapis crude had risen to $US117 a barrel.
The dollar had slipped from slipped from a but was at a four-and-a-half year high agains the yen.
It was buying 68.4 British pence, 97.7 Japanese yen, 102.5 US cents and 78.3 euro cents.
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