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Australia: Miners lift bourse at the close, NZ ticks higher

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[SYDNEY] Australian shares gained 0.3 per cent on Friday, led higher by mining stocks, while telcos helped take the New Zealand bourse higher.

The Australian S&P/ASX 200 index rose 18.88 points to 5,526.70 at the close of trade. The benchmark was 0.1 per cent lower for the week.

New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index rose 0.27 per cent or 20.13 points to finish the session at 7,405.25, up 0.6 per cent for the week.

REUTERS