Shares in the NAB jumped after the bank posted a strong December quarter update on its financial performance.
At the close, they were up 2.3% to $28.90. The other major banks were in positive territory but only marginally so.
The NAB announced unaudited statutory cash earnings of $1.65 billion, up 3% on the same three months last year.
Bad and doubtful debt charges fell 23% to $160 million.
CEO Andrew Thorburn says the bank is on track to deliver full year targets.
“Against a favourable economic backdrop including improving business confidence and continuing strength in business conditions, we are optimistic about growing our bank by serving our customer better,” he says.