Australia’s share market has closed higher for a second consecutive day in a busy week of the reporting season.

The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index rose by 44.2 points, or 0.72 per cent, to 6167.6 points on Wednesday.

The All Ordinaries index finished up by 45.4 points, or 0.72 per cent, at 6314.1.

The Australian dollar was buying 72.49 US cents at 1615 AEST, up from 72.22 US cents at Tuesday’s close.