The Australian share market has closed fairly flat, as investors rebalanced their portfolios towards the miners after positive economic data from China yesterday and the US overnight.
Rio Tinto closed 2 per cent higher, with BHP Billiton just behind.
Mining services companies also benefited, with Boart Longyear surging 6.3 per cent to $1.53.
Other notable gains on the market included Ten Network - which was up 9 per cent to 29.5 cents after it was revealed several large parcels of the company's shares had changed hands.
Several large parcels of shares were sold by fund manager Perpetual for 27 cents yesterday, but the identity of the buyer or buyers is not yet clear.
Perpetual shares were also up 5.5 per cent on the market today.
Elsewhere in the media sector, News Limited has cleared the last official hurdle in its takeover of Consolidated Media Holdings, which owns a quarter of Foxtel and half of Fox Sports.
The Federal Court has approved the deal, after Consolidated's shareholders and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission both okayed the takeover.
News Limited's parent company, News Corporation, rose 1 per cent on the share market.
But the major banks weighed on the market, with three of the big four trading lower.
National Australia Bank ended a bad week, falling another 0.6 per cent to be down around 4 per cent this week after a disappointing profit result.
And supermarket giant Woolworths gave up 1 per cent.
The price businesses pay for their production inputs has come in at about half the level expected by economists, with the Bureau of Statistics Producer Price Index rising 0.6 per cent in the September quarter.
Economists say that may give the Reserve Bank more scope to reduce interest rates again next week.
But that has not dampened demand for the Australian dollar, which at the close of trade was sitting a touch under 104 US cents.
On commodity markets, West Texas crude oil was trading around $US87 a barrel, and spot gold was worth just over $US1,706 an ounce.