SYDNEY, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Australia's share market on Wednesday closed at the highest since the financial crisis.
The benchmark ASX 200 firmed 10.8 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5634.6 points.
It was the highest close for the ASX 200 since June 2, 2008.
In a strong day of trading, BHP shares fell 3.9 percent as did Rio Tinto (0.6 percent) and Fortescue (1.5 percent).
Suncorp fell 4.7 percent, however QBE rose 5.6 percent.
Telstra received a 1.3 percent bump while CSL rose 1.1 percent.
In the banking sector, ANZ rose by 1.4 percent, NAB moved up 0. 9 percent, CBA lifted 0.4 percent and Westpac was up 0.3 percent.