SYDNEY, AAP – Australia’s share market has closed at levels near the record highs of February last year after a good day for investors.

The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index closed higher by 62.2 points, or 0.91 per cent, to 6868.9 on Monday.

The All Ordinaries closed better by 68.4 points, or 0.97 per cent, at 7149.7.

Materials was the top sector, higher by 1.56 per cent.

The ASX200 set a record closing high on February 20 last year of 7162.49.

The Aussie dollar was buying 77.82 US cents at 1623 AEDT, higher from 77.48 US cents at Friday’s close.