• SYDNEY, AAP – Shares on the Australian market have closed at their highest level since the start of the coronavirus crash in February last year.

    The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index closed higher by 17.6 points, or 0.25 per cent, to 7082.3.

    It is less than 100 points from its record close of 7162.49, and a little more than 100 points from its record high of 7197.2.

    The All Ordinaries on Thursday closed better by 26 points, or 0.36 per cent, to 7346 points.

    Information technology shares were best, and rose 2.25 per cent.

    The Australian dollar was buying 77.95 US cents at 1620 AEST, higher from 77.48 US cents at Wednesday’s close.