Miners on the up

AUSTRALIAN stocks extended gains today as miners even found traction amid mostly lacklustre commodity pricing.

The S&P/ASX 200 index was 0.5% higher at 5394 points, with the basic materials sector posting a 0.8% gain on the session.

BHP Billiton was up 0.9% to $A36.47 while Rio Tinto closed 0.