The local share market pushed higher in late trade, closing up almost a third of a per cent as investors grew confident ahead of the European finance ministers meeting tonight.
The All Ordinaries added 12 points to 4,444 and the ASX 200 gained 11 points to 4,424.
It was low-volume trade today, with small gains across the board, but few standouts.
BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto led the gains throughout trade, but Rio fell back towards the close, ending flat.
BHP added three quarters of a per cent, while gold miner Newcrest was up 1.5 per cent in line with the rise in value of the precious metal.
The banks were mixed; Commonwealth and NAB both rose 0.3 per cent.
Westpac dropped three quarters of a per cent, while ANZ was basically flat.
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank rose 1 per cent after it announced it was buying the assests of small lender Southern Finance Group for $290 million.
Bendigo is hoping it will help it expand further into the Victorian and South Australian markets.
Woolworths' newly spun-off property trust which holds 69 shopping centres in Australia and New Zealand hit the boards today.
It opened trade at $1.405 which is a very small premium on the $1.40 issue price.
It closed up at $1.44.
Woolworths lost a third of a per cent though, but rival Wesfarmers added a quarter of a per cent.
About 5pm (AEDT), the Australian dollar was up around a cent from Friday, buying 104.5 US cents.
On the cross rates it was buying 80 euro cents, 65.2 British pence and 86 Japanese yen.
West Texas crude was worth $US87 a barrel and Tapis was buying $US116.
Spot gold had jumped to $US1,750 an ounce.