Dec 19 (Reuters) - Australian shares closed near a 10-year high on Tuesday as optimism over the U.S. tax bill boosted global investor sentiment, while stronger commodities prices supported a rally in materials stocks.
Wall Street hit record closing highs on Monday as the tax bill moved closer to passage with Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins saying on Monday she would vote for the tax overhaul.
All 10 sector indexes rose, with the S&P/ASX 200 index .AXJO rising 0.5 percent or 32.9 points to 6,071.8 at the close of trade. The benchmark added 0.7 percent on Monday.
Materials stocks led the gains on the benchmark as they benefited from a rally in iron ore futures.
Heavyweight BHP rose 0.8 percent to its highest since Nov. 9 and accounted for most of the gains on the benchmark, while its peer Rio Tinto Ltd climbed 1.3 percent to a more than one month closing high.
Financials followed closely, with the sector index adding 0.4 percent.