Australia's Asciano shares jump to 4-month highs

SYDNEY Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:14pm EST

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SYDNEY Feb 18 (Reuters) - Shares in Australian rail and ports operator Asciano Ltd jumped as much as 5 percent to touch near 4-month highs after reporting a 6 percent rise in underlying first half net profit on Tuesday.

Underlying net profit rose to A$190.2 million ($171.7 million) for the six months ending Dec. 31 from A$179.5 million a year ago.

Shares in Asciano were up 3 percent to A$5.93 by 2307 GMT. ($1 = 1.1080 Australian dollars) (Reporting by Thuy Ong; Editing by Paul Tait)

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