Investors in shares on the Australian market have notched a sixth consecutive session of gains, albeit not by much, after mixed leads from the US.

The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index closed higher by 12.7 points, or 0.19 per cent, to 6687.7 on Tuesday.

The All Ordinaries added 13.3 points, or 0.19 per cent, to 6922.2.

Consumer staples was the best sector, up 1.08 per cent, while investors appear to have had enough of mining stocks after plenty of buying in the past week due to high iron ore prices. The materials sector was down 0.02 per cent.

The mixed lead from Wall Street came after more coronavirus worries. America’s most populous state, California, compelled most residents to stay home the day after it reported a record 30,000-plus new cases.

The decision took investors’ attention from continuing negotiations between US politicians for an economic stimulus package.

The Aussie dollar was buying 74.25 US cents at 1619 AEDT, lower from 74.30 US cents at Monday’s close.