SYDNEY, AAP – Shares improved throughout the day on the Australian market and have given investors their highest gains in almost four weeks.

The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index closed higher by 99.6 points, or 1.49 per cent, to 6762.6 on Tuesday.

The All Ordinaries closed higher by 104.7 points, or 1.51 per cent, at 7027.5.

The strong performance followed a good lead from US markets.

The Aussie dollar was buying 76.22 US cents at 1617 AEDT, lower from 76.51 US cents at Monday’s close.