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Australia: Shares gain, healthcare shines; NZ pauses near record high

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[SYDNEY] Australian shares rose 0.6 per cent on Monday, helped by solid gains in healthcare stocks, while the New Zealand market held near recent record levels.

The S&P/ASX 200 index ended up 29.91 points at 5,358.90.

New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index dropped 0.03 per cent or 2.44 points to finish at 6,914.13.

REUTERS