SYDNEY, AAP – Australia’s share market has closed higher and ended a run of three consecutive days of losses.

The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index closed up by 44.3 points, or 0.66 per cent, to 6752.5 on Monday.

The All Ordinaries closed higher by 35.4 points, or 0.51 per cent, at 6995.

The results were the market’s biggest gain in more than a week.

There were gains of more than two per cent in the energy, utilities and health sectors.

The Australian dollar was buying 77.24 US cents at 1619 AEDT, lower from 77.44 US cents at Friday’s close.