Australia shares end the week up 1.5 pct on strong earnings

Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:20am EST

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    SYDNEY, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Australian shares rose 0.5
percent on Friday, extending gains for the sixth consecutive
session to cap the week 1.5 percent higher, as a solid earnings
season spurred investments in mining, banking and other high
performers. 
    The S&P/ASX 200 index gained 26.4 points to 5,438.7,
just below the previous high of 5,457.3 hit on October 28, 2013.
    New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index rose 0.4
percent in to 4,927.6
    

 (Reporting by Maggie Lu Yueyang; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)
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