SYDNEY, AAP – Strong gains for healthcare shares have helped an otherwise lacklustre ASX to minor gains.

Healthcare shares were the standout and rose 1.49 per cent.

Market giant CSL climbed 1.75 per cent to $289.27.

Materials shares, which include those of the big miners, had the biggest losses, 1.09 per cent.

Investors remain wary of Chinese government officials’ decision last week to try and lower commodity prices for their economy.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index closed up by 15.6 points, or 0.22 per cent, to 7045.9 on Monday.

The All Ordinaries closed higher by 10.7 points, or 0.15 per cent, to 7276 points.

The Australian dollar was buying 77.40 US cents at 1618 AEST, lower from 77.57 US cents at Friday’s close.