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SYDNEY Jan 21 Australian shares finished 0.7
percent higher on Tuesday, as banking stocks overcame choppy
morning trade to lead the index to two-week highs, though
trading was subdued with Wall Street closed for Martin Luther
The S&P/ASX 200 index climbed 36.5 points to finish
at 5,331.5, its highest point since January 8. The benchmark
slipped 0.2 percent on Monday.
New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index rose 0.6
percent to finish the session at 4,921.7.
(Reporting by Thuy Ong; Editing by Eric Meijer)