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Australia: Shares trim losses after strong jobs report

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[SYDNEY] Australian shares pared early losses on Thursday after a stunning job report, but weakness in energy firms kept a lid on the market as crude oil struggled near two-month lows.

The S&P/ASX 200 index ended flat at 5,125.7, but still near a recent one-month low of 5,162.7.

Likewise, New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index barely moved to finish the session at 6,023.96, having edged up 0.1 per cent. The index set a series of record highs in the past week.

REUTERS