Positive session

MINERS were mostly in the black today as the broader Australian market marked gains with encouraging economic data.

The S&P/ASX 200 index closed 0.8% higher at 5446 points, with a 0.8% gain on the session in the basic materials sector.

Rio Tinto was down 1.5% to $A64.81 but BHP Billiton closed 1.

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