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SYDNEY, April 24 The resources sector helped
Australian shares gain 0.2 percent to a near six-year high on
Thursday, though gains were capped as many investors kept to the
sidelines ahead of a holiday on Friday and after Wall Street
The S&P/ASX 200 index tacked on 13.2 points to close
at 5,531.0, its highest point since June 2008. The benchmark
climbed 1.4 percent for the week, its sixth straight week of
gains and its longest streak since August 2013. Markets will be
closed on Friday for the Anzac Day holiday.
New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index also added 0.2
percent, finishing at 5,154.0.
(Reporting by Thuy Ong; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)