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Australia: Shares stage solid recovery

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Australian shares rebounded on Tuesday as investors picked up beaten-down bank stocks, a day after the market suffered its biggest drop in over six years.

[SYDNEY] Australian shares rebounded on Tuesday as investors picked up beaten-down bank stocks, a day after the market suffered its biggest drop in over six years.

The S&P/ASX 200 index climbed 2.7 per cent, or 136.0 points, to 5,137.3, recovering more than half of Monday's 4.1 per cent drop.

Early in the session, the benchmark briefly dipped below 5,000 for the first time in two years.

All of the big four banks chalked up gains of between 3.6 per cent and 4.9 per cent. The major miners were also firmer with Rio Tinto rising 3.2 percent.

Shares bounced back despite further heavy selling in Chinese stocks and ongoing worries about slowing growth in the world's second-biggest economy.

New Zealand stocks also erased early losses to close slightly higher. The benchmark NZX 50 index edged up 0.1 per cent, or 6.0 points, to 5,613.3.

REUTERS