As expected, the Reserve Bank of Australia left interest rates on hold at a record low 1.5%, and the dollar was little-changed at US77.77c.
The Metals & Mining sub-index rose by 1.9%, driven by a 2.1% jump in BHP shares.
Lynas shares had another good day, rising by another 6.8% on high turnover after yesterday’s strong half-year financials.
Other ASX standouts included South32, Alumina, Iluka and Syrah, which all gained more than 4%.
All seven ASX 200 gold miners rose, as Newcrest was upgraded to hold from sell by Deutsche Bank.
Notably, Northern Star Resources closed at an all-time high of A$6.53, valuing the company at just under the $4 billi...