SYDNEY Nov 5 Australian shares inched up 0.1
percent, led by Westpac and miners, as signs of an
improving U.S. jobs market and expectations of a local rate cut
bolstered investor sentiment.
Bellwether miners BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto
rose 0.3 percent and 0.5 percent respectively.
Westpac helped lead the index higher, jumping 1.1
percent after it announced a 9 percent rise in second-half cash
profit, beating expectations.
The S&P/ASX 200 index edged up 2.4 points to 4,462.4
by 2316 GMT. The benchmark edged up 0.1 percent on Friday.
New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index fell 0.3
percent or 12.3 points to 3,901.8.
(Reporting by Thuy Ong; Editing by Richard Pullin)