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Australia: Shares resume rally, NZ hits record on bargain hunting

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[SYDNEY] Australian shares closed up nearly 1 per cent on Wednesday, more than making up the previous day's losses to reach a 2-month high, while New Zealand stocks hit a fresh record, as investors shrugged off weaker oil prices and sought bargains.

The S&P/ASX 200 index gained 49.2 points to end the day at 5,157.2, its highest since Jan. 5. A day earlier, the benchmark index had closed down 35 points to snap a six-day winning streak.

New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index firmed 10.5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to finish the session at 6,457.3, its fifth day in a row of hitting a record.

REUTERS

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