The Australian shares Wednesday closed slightly higher ahead of the US Federal Reserve's monetary outlook meeting. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index gained 10.1 points, or 0.27 per cent, at 3807 points, while the broader-based All Ordinaries index rose 9.2 points, or 0.24 per cent, to 3802.2 points.
Yesterday the Australian sharemarket closed lower for the third consecutive day on concerns that Wall Street's latest banking woes would hit Australia. The four major banks deducted the most from the index with their major losses of more than 3% following Lehman Brothers' announcement overnight in New York of asset sales.
Yesterday, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 fell 91.2 points, or 1.85 per cent, to 4,814.3, while the broader All Ordinaries shed 89.9 points, or 1.81 per cent, to 4,871.5.