The wool market has defied coronavirus with the Eastern Market Indicator rising by seven cents on Wednesday to 1440c a kilogram clean.
In American currency terms the EMI climbed 12c to US860c.
Both the Melbourne and Sydney markets made modest gains but Fremantle struggled to make headway despite a pass-in rate of 16.6 per cent.
A total 15,810 bales were offered nationally with 14,035 sold which generated turnover of $21.3 million.
Another 21,164 bales are scheduled for sale today (Thursday).
The finer microns rose by as much as 30c in Sydney where 4305 bales were rostered for sale.
The 17-micron category received strong support. Merino skirtings were 10 to 20c dearer.
The Northern Indicator posted a 9c gain to 1478c.
Down in Melbourne most Merino fleece micron guides rose by 5-10c but 18 and 22 micron lines eased by 10c.
Top lines of Merino skirtings 18 micron and finer lifted by 20c. Crossbred wools made tiny gains of 3-5c.
The Southern Indicator rose by 5c on an offering of 7774 bales with 7.8pc passed-in.
The Fremantle Merino fleece market produced mixed results with the finer microns attracting most support. Prices for 18.5 micron and finer were up by 5 to 15c. But 19 micron and coarser suffered losses of 10-20c.
The main interest in the offering of Merino skirtings was for finer types which pushed up prices for 18.5 micron and finer by 35-40c.
The Western Indicator fell by 27c to 1511c despite a pass-in rate of 16.6pc on the small offering of 3731 bales.