Australia shares recover as Fed chief's comments bolster sentiment

Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:22am EST

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    SYDNEY, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Australian shares recovered 0.7
percent on Wednesday, tracking a rebound on Wall Street, after
the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke defended the central
bank's bond-buying programme. 
    The S&P/ASX 200 index was 33 points higher according
to the latest data. The benchmark lost 1 percent on Tuesday.
    New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index closed the
session 0.9 percent or 37.4 points higher to 4,276.3.

 (Reporting by Thuy Ong; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)