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SYDNEY Feb 11 Australian shares rose 0.6
percent on Tuesday, spurred by gains in heavyweight banking
stocks after Australia and New Zealand Banking Group reported
solid earnings, with investors awaiting the first congressional
testimony by new U.S. Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen.
The S&P/ASX 200 index added 32.4 points to 5,254.5,
marking its fourth consecutive session of gains and hovering at
2-week highs. The benchmark rose 1.1 percent on Monday.
The ASX trading was disrupted in the afternoon for about 30
minutes, due to a technical glitch.
New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index rose 0.3
percent to 4,848.9.
(Reporting by Maggie Lu Yueyang; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)