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[SYDNEY] Australian shares ended 0.2 per cent higher on Tuesday led by gains in resources and energy-related stocks in line with firmer commodity prices.
The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 12.96 points to 5,969.1 at the close of trade. It remained tantalisingly close to the 6,000-mark, which has proved to be a formidable barrier so far. Two attempts to break above that level this month ended in failure as profit-takers were quick to emerge.
New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index ended down 0.08 per cent or 4.69 points to finish the session at 5,870.54.